This table gives an overview of the questionnaires and measurement instruments commonly used to provide an objective view of the somatic status that are relevant for dietitians
QuestionnaireTarget groupScore range and cut-off point
DSC-R Diabetes Symptom Checklist - RevisedDiabetes Mellitus type 2 patients34 closed questions (if answer is 'yes': grade 1-5 on ordinal scale)
A higher score corresponds to more diabetes-related symptoms
DT Distress ThermometerCancer patients0-10
A lower score corresponds to a better quality of life
MNA Mini-Nutritional AssessmentOlder adults
0-30 points
24-30 points, no malnourishment
17-23.5 points, risk of malnourishment
<17 points, malnourished
SGA Subjective Global AssessmentGeneral1-7
1 and 2, severely undernourished
3, 4, and 5, moderately to slightly undernourished
6 and 7, not undernourished
FAACT Functional Assessment of Anorexia/Cachexia TreatmentCancer patients0-48
≤24, anorexia
VAS AppetiteGeneral0-10 cm
A higher score corresponds to a better appetite. Cut-off point of ≤5 cm is used in the definition of cachexia