American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Clinical Guidelines: the Validity of Body Composition Assessment in Clinical Populations

Identification: JPEN200101
Volume: 44
Issue: 1
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 01/31/2021
  • 1.00 - Dietitian
  • 1.00 - Nurse
  • 1.00 - Pharmacist
  • 1.00 - Physician
  • 1.00 - Other


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CE Credit: CE credit available for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and physicians

Total Credit Hours: 1.0

Release Date: January 1, 2020

Expiration Date (all CE credit must be claimed by the expiration date): January 31, 2021

Issue: 1

Volume: 44

Journal: Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN)

Author (s):

Patricia Sheean, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Campus, Maywood, IL

M. Cristina Gonzalez, MD, PhD, Visiting Researcher, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA; Professor, Medical School graduation and Post-graduation Program in Health and Behavior, Catholic University of Pelotas; Collaborator Professor, Post-graduate program in Nutrition and Food and Post-graduate Program of Epidemiology, Coordinator of the Study Group on Body Composition and Nutrition (COCONUT), Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

Carla M. Prado, PhD, RD, CAIP Chair & Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Liam McKeever, PhD, RD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Amber M. Hall, MPH, PhD Candidate, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, NC

Carol A. Braunschweig, PhD, RD, Director Coordinated Program; Associate Head, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition; Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition and Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; Assistant/Associate Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Link to article: Link

Journal-based CE Activity Overall Goal:

The JPEN Editor, in concurrence with ASPEN’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. Describe the rationale for evaluating body composition assessment techniques in clinical populations.
  2. Discuss the validity of each body composition assessment tool in patient populations.
  3. List three factors that have been identified as critical steps to moving this area of research forward.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
To obtain CE credit for this activity, attendees must read the journal article in its entirety, complete an online assessment for each article and achieve a score of 100%, and complete an online activity evaluation. All are located in ASPEN’s eLearning Center ( All CE credit must be claimed prior to the expiration date, no exceptions. Dietitians and other CDR credentialed practitioners must also complete and retain a copy of the CDR issued Critical Thinking Self-Study Evaluation Tool. Pharmacists must provide their birthday (MMDD) and NABP e-PID. Details are available at

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.

ASPEN 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.

ASPEN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP 3970.

ACPE UAN: JA0002345-0000-20-076-H04-P

Knowledge activity.


ASPEN, 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 Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship has been received for this continuing education activity.

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

Among the authors, Patricia Sheean; M. Cristina Gonzalez; Carla M. Prado; Liam McKeever; Amber M. Hall; Carol A. Braunschweig have nothing to disclose.

Among the JPEN Associate Editors, David August, Ronald Koretz, Ding-You Li, Juan Ochoa, Jean-Charles Preiser, and Diana Mager have nothing to disclose.

Lillian Harvey-Banchik has served as a speaker for MEI communications and received honoraria and compensation per talk given. Joseph Boullata has served as a speaker for BBraun and Fresenius Kabi USA and received honoraria. Kathleen Gura has interacted with the following companies in various roles: Fresenius Kabi, honorarium/potential for royalty payments, consultant; Alcresta, honorarium, consultant; Baxter, honorarium, consultant/advisory board; Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, honorarium, consultant; B Braun, honorarium, consultant; Northsea Therapeutics, honorarium, consultant. Russell Merritt holds stock in Abbot, Abbvie and J&J, has no role with the companies; served on the advisory board for Alcresta and received honorarium; served as a site PI and speaker for Takeda and received honorarium and research support; receives pension from Abbott Labs, no current role.

JPEN Editor-in-Chief Kelly Tappenden has served in speaking and teaching roles for Shire Pharmaceuticals, Nutricia North America, and Abbott Nutrition. Has received honoraria for those roles. Has served as a consultant for Baxter Healthcare and received honorarium for that role.

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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Credits: None available.