Principles of Nutritional Assessment / Edition 2

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This comprehensive text is the first to provide a detailed discussion of dietary, anthropometric, laboratory, and clinical nutritional assessment procedures used in both hospitals and communities. Offering an international perspective it covers the scientific basis, advantages, limitations, and applicability of different methods, as well as the use of appropriate reference data. Quantitative aspects of dietary assessment are stressed and highly informative sections of precision and validity are included. The anthropometric section gives readers a detailed review of available reference data and methods for assessing body composition in the community and laboratory. The growing importance of trace elements in human nutrition, and new developments in the nutritional assessment of hospital patients, are also highlighted.
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" excellent piece of work. The book provides new insights and current understanding in the area of nutritional assessment. This is a must read for all students and practicing nutritionists." —African Journal of Food, Nutrition, Agriculture, and Development

"The first edition in 1990 of Rosalind Gibson's book in this field has become a Nutrition classic. All nutrition scientists, and those who depend on their work, from health care workers, to food regulators, policy makers and educators, can be relieved and pleased that there is now a new edition of this work, which turns out to be remarkably contemporary and relevant...This work is not only encyclopaedic on methodology and, therefore, an essential reference for nutrition practitioners, but provides much reconceptualism of our food and nutrition thinking."—Prof. Mark L. Wahlqvist, Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition

"This second edition provides a needed update, given the significant increase in knowledge related to nutritional assessment as well as heightened research interest in the association between nutritional status and health. This is probably the best comprehensive reference in the field because it discusses the scientific principles of nutritional assessment as well as the application of nutritional assessment in both research and clinical practice settings."—Denise M. Ney, PhD, RD, Doody's

"This valuable text and guide to nutritional assessment of individuals and populations is a welcome rarity, a comprehensive and authoritative book written by a single author."—Food and Nutrition Bulletin

"...a timely, valuable and useful addition to the armamentarium of dietitians/nutritionists and other health professionals involved in nutrition."—South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition

"I would recommend this book to all health care professionals involved in nutritional assessment in acute and community settings."—British Dietetic Association

"I was delighted to find that the newly published, larger and bright orange(!) second edition remains equally encyclopaedic in its breadth and is wonderfully up to date...There is no question that this excellent update of Gibson's Principles of Nutritional Assessment will remain the essential reference book for nutrition students and researchers alike for many years to come."—British Journal of Nutrition

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Reviewer: Denise M. Ney, PhD, RD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Description: This second edition provides updated and expanded information on nutritional assessment, including an enhanced international perspective. This edition is approximately 20 percent longer and includes a two-column format compared to the first edition published in 1990.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an up-to-date, authoritative reference source and working textbook for the four major nutritional assessment methods — dietary, anthropometric, laboratory, and clinical. Nutritional assessment is a major field within the discipline of nutritional sciences and thus, this book provides important and needed information. The book clearly meets the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is suitable as a reference for researchers and practitioners, such as dietitians or physicians, and as a textbook for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students. I would not consider it a suitable introductory text for undergraduates. The author is a credible authority in the field of nutritional assessment.
Features: After an introductory chapter that provides an overview of the process of nutritional assessment, the remaining 26 chapters cover the four major aspects of nutritional assessment as follows: dietary assessment, 7 chapters; anthropometric assessment, 6 chapters; laboratory assessment organized according to specific nutrients, 11 chapters; and clinical assessment, 2 chapters. Assessment of both groups and individuals are covered for each of the four areas. Strengths of the book's approach include a balanced international perspective, clear figures and diagrams, and an easy-to-read style. The book is very well written. One weakness is that, even though the book has a 2005 copyright date, it includes the 2000 version of the United States Dietary Guidelines instead of the 2005 version released early in 2005, page 222. This is a shortcoming for the U.S. market.
Assessment: This second edition provides a needed update, given the significant increase in knowledge related to nutritional assessment as well as heightened research interest in the association between nutritional status and health. This is probably the best comprehensive reference in the field because it discusses the scientific principles of nutritional assessment as well as the application of nutritional assessment in both research and clinical practice settings.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195171693
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Sales rank: 1,216,125
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Food Consumption at the National and Household Level
3. Measuring Food Consumption of Individuals
4. Assessment of Nutrient Intakes From Food Consumption Data
5. Measurement Errors in Dietary Assessment
6. Reproductivity in Dietary Assessment
7. Validity in Dietary Assessment Methods
8. Evaluation of Nutrient Intakes and Diets
9. Anthropometric Assessment
10. Anthropometric Assessment of Body Size
11. Anthropometric Assessment of Body Composition
12. Anthropometric Reference Data
13. Evaluation of Anthropometric Indices
14. Laboratory Assessment of Body Composition
15. Laboratory Assessment
16. Assessment of Protein Status
17. Assessment of Iron Status
18. Assessment of the Status of Vitamins A, D, and E
19. Assessment of Vitamin C status
20. Assessment of the Status of Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin
21. Assessment of Vitamin B-6 Status
22. Assessment of Folate and Vitamin B-12 Status
23. Assessment of Calcium, Phosphorus, and Magnesium Status
24. Assessment of Chromium, Copper, and Zinc Status
25. Assessment of Iodine and Selenium Status
26. Clinical Assessment
27. Nutritional Assessment of Hospital Patients

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