Comparison Between Handgrip Dynamometry and Manual Muscle Testing Performed by Registered Dietitians in Measuring Muscle Strength and Function of Hospitalized Patient

Identification: JPEN160901
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 09/30/2017
  • 1.00 - Dietitian
  • 1.00 - Nurse
  • 1.00 - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 - Physician
  • 1.00 - Other


Release Date:  September 1, 2016

Expiration Date (all CE credit must be claimed by the expiration date):  September 30, 2017

Issue: 7

Volume: 40

Journal:  Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN)

Author (s):

Lindsay Dowhan, MS, RD, CSO, LD, CNSC, Advanced Practice Clinical Dietitian, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Robert DeChicco, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, NST Manager/Nutrition Education Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Renee Welsh, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Rebecca Wehner, RD, LD, CNSC, Staff Dietitian, The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Monica Habib, MS, RD, LD, PA-S, Nutrition Support Dietitian, Cleveland Clinical Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Peggy Hipskind, MA, RD, LD, Advanced Clinical Dietitian, Center for Human Nutrition, Digestive Disease Institute, Cleveland, Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Gail Cresci, PhD, RD, LD, CNSC, Associate Staff, Digestive Disease Institute, Department of Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Lerner Research Institute, Department of Pathobiology, The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Format: Online as PDF or hard copy of journal

Link to article: Link

Journal-based CE Activity Overall Goal:

The JPEN Editor, in concurrence with A.S.P.E.N.’s Education and Professional Development Committee, selected this article to be offered for CE credit to fill an observed learning need in the arena of clinical nutrition and metabolism.  This CE activity serves to promote the process of life-long learning for physicians, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses by providing peer-reviewed journal articles that fully qualify for continuing education credits.

Goal and Target Audience:

This educational activity is directed toward clinical nutrition and metabolism professionals and others who wish to update their knowledge of clinical nutrition and metabolism. By participating in this educational activity, the reader may expect to:

  • Acquire knowledge in the area of clinical nutrition and metabolism research
  • Update or confirm your understanding of appropriate clinical nutrition and metabolism practices.
  • Identify further learning needs as they relate to the subject matter.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the recommendations set forth by the Academy and ASPEN to determine functional status when diagnosing malnutrition.
  2. Identify the advantages and disadvantages in using manual muscle testing vs hand grip dynamometry when assessing functional status.
  3. List alternate methods to measure muscle function.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
To obtain CE credit for this activity, attendees must read the journal article in its entirety, complete an online knowledge assessment for each article and achieve a score of 100%, and complete an online activity evaluation. All CE credit must be claimed prior to the expiration date.    

Accreditation Statements/Continuing Education Credit:

Nurses, Pharmacists and Physicians

In support of improving patient care, The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity is for a maximum of 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) per journal article and is a knowledge activity. 

A.S.P.E.N. designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM per article. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

A.S.P.E.N. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP 3970.

ACPE UAN: 0216-0000-16-068-H04-P. Knowledge activity. 


A.S.P.E.N., Provider Number AM005, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).   CDR level 2.  Dietitians may post comments on this program on


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Commercial Relationships Disclosures and Conflicts of Interest (COI) of Authors and Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors

The following authors have nothing to disclose: Lindsay Dowhan, Robert DeChicco, Renee Welsh, Rebecca Wehner, Monica Habib, Peggy Hipskind, and Gail Cresci

JPEN Associate Editors: David August, Ronald Koretz, Ding-You Li, Jean-Charles Preiser, and Diana Mager have nothing to disclose. Mark Puder has served on the Pronova advisory board and received grant funding and consulting fee.

JPEN Editor-in-Chief Kelly Tappenden has served in a speaking role for NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Nutricia, and Abbott Nutrition. Has received honoraria for those roles.

No conflicts related to disclosure information present and subsequently no need for resolution. Standard journal peer review process also in place as another layer of review to ensure no conflicts to resolve.

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