Prof. Luzia Valentini about the Assessment street 

In a multi-centered project Professor Luzia Valentini and her team looked at different measurements. They did a lot of research, analyzed the literature and combined it with their own insights. This was the basis for a manual that she and her team wrote. This manual is the reason for creating the assessment street. At the EFAD conference in Berlin all visitors get the great opportunity to visit that Assessment street. In this ‘street’ you can experience being measured. But more importantly: you learn how to measure.

Why is it so important to measure in the same way?

We want to be able to compare results from one patient to the other. If everyone measures in a different way, we cannot do that. Besides that, it’s important to have reliable measurements to use in studies. This means it’s both important in practice and in science.

How does it work, can I just stop by?

Yes, during any of the six conference breaks you can stop by the assessment street in the exhibition area. There are 7 different stations and they each take around 10 minutes to experience fully. For example, you can choose to do one during a break and then come back later for another assessment. Of course, you could also do multiple in a row; it’s up to you! 

What are the different ‘stations’?

There are 7 different ‘stations’.

1 Anthropometry

2 Skinfolds

3 Body composition

This is a method of assessing your “body composition” (fat free mass, fat mass, muscle mass) based on resistances to electrical current sent through your body. It is an integral part of a health and nutrition assessment

4 Muscle Strength: handgrip

Handgrip strength is a valid estimate for muscle strength and part of the malnutrition and sarcopenia diagnosis. You can find this test in stations 5 and 6.

5 Disease-related malnutrition: GLIM

ESPEN’s GLIM (Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition) criteria, published early in 2019, present the first worldwide consensus on the diagnosis of malnutrition.

6 Sarcopenia: EWGSOP2

In 2010, the European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older People (EWGSOP) published a sarcopenia definition that aimed to foster advances in identifying and caring for people with sarcopenia. In early 2018, the Working Group met again (EWGSOP2) to update the original definition in order to reflect scientific and clinical evidence that has built over the last decade. This resulted in new world wide criteria.

7 Energy expenditure: Indirect calorimetry 

Indirect calorimetry (a type of calorimetry where all gas consumption and gas exhalation are continuously monitored) can be used to determine energy expenditure through the use of equations relating total O2 consumption and CO2 expiration).