Validación de la herramienta de tamizaje nutricional para el cáncer infantil SCAN. Versión en español

Translated title of the contribution: Validation of the nutritional screening tool for childhood cancer SCAN. Spanish version

Saúl David Macana Muñoz, Olga Lucía Pinzón-Espitia, Carlos Alberto Pardo-González, Jhon Fredy Castañeda López

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Introduction: the prevalence of undernutrition in the pediatric cancer population can vary considerably, an element that significantly influences the clinical outcome of patients. However, this is a potentially modifiable prognostic factor, which requires timely identification of nutritional risk to guide the nutritional care process. Objectives: to evaluate the operational performance of the Spanish version of the nutritional screening tool for childhood cancer (SCAN) in the context of the validation process of this instrument in a high-complexity hospital in the city of Bogotá, Colombia. Methods: the methodological design for the validation of a diagnostic scale was followed. The final sample consisted of 96 patients between 0 and 17 years with cancer and hospitalized at the Children’s Cancer Center of the HOMI Foundation in Bogota. The SCAN-SP was applied to each patient and a complete nutritional assessment (CNA) was performed as a gold standard to determine nutritional status. Results: 82.3 % (n = 79) of patients were classified “at risk of malnutrition” by SCAN-SP and 69.8 % (n = 67) of the total sample had undernutrition. The evaluation of the operative performance of SCAN-SP against CNA showed excellent results: sensitivity of 100 %, specificity of 59 %, PPV of 85 %, NPV of 100 %, positive likelihood ratio of 2.4, and negative likelihood ratio of 0. Conclusion: the SCAN-SP scale performs well as a nutritional screening tool in pediatric cancer patients, so its use in clinical practice is recommended.

Translated title of the contributionValidation of the nutritional screening tool for childhood cancer SCAN. Spanish version
Original languageSpanish
Article number04369
Pages (from-to)295-302
Number of pages8
JournalNutricion Hospitalaria
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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