Nutritional Intervention in a Cross-sector Model for the Rehabilitation of Geriatric Patients

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Copenhagen University Hospital at Herlev

Status

Completed

Conditions

Malnutrition

Treatments

Dietary Supplement: Individual nutritional therapy

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01776762
EFFECT.B01.2012

Details and patient eligibility

About

Based on an established Follow-home-programme offered at discharge from hospital the aim of this study is to test a model of how nutritional intervention in elderly patients can be systematized and quality assured in the transition between sectors. Furthermore the aim is to demonstrate that this model has a positive effect on the functioning and well-being of the elderly patient. The purpose of the Follow-home-programme is to facilitate the transition of the elderly patient between hospital and private home in order to follow-up on any medical, nursing- or retraining-related intervention necessary to the rehabilitation of the patient. However this offer does not focus on nutrition in particular. This is a problem as many elderly patients are known to develop a poor nutritional status due to low appetite, disease etc. Our hypothesis is that adding a systematic nutritional focus to the Follow-home intervention programme will promote the rehabilitation of the elderly patient further. The nutritional intervention in our study will focus on improving energy- and protein intake and we will measure the effect on the patient's functional abilities, quality of life and rate of hospital readmissions. The intervention model will be based on individualized nutritional counselling by a registered dietician in the patients home.

Full description

The study is designed as a 12 week randomized, controlled intervention study. The study sample will consist of 80 geriatric patients admitted to a medical ward at Herlev University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. The patients will be equally distributed into the control and the intervention group. The control group will follow the usual follow-home programme. The intervention group will also follow this programme, but will additionally be offered 3 home visits by a registered dietician. Interdisciplinary information exchange will take place through established communication channels eg. patient records, visitations. Before and after the intervention data on the patient eg. hand-grip strength, nutritional status, dietary intake, functional abilities, well-being and activities of daily living will be gathered.

Enrollment

72 patients

Sex

All

Ages

70+ years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Geriatric medical patients
  • Age +70 years
  • Nutritional risk according to the level 1 screen in Nutritional Risk Screening 2002 (NRS2002)
  • Nutritional therapy for at least 3 days and at least in two daily meals during the hospitalization period
  • Participation in the standard Follow-home programme

Exclusion criteria

  • Dementia
  • Expected readmissions
  • Terminal disease
  • Non-danish speaking
  • Not able to perform Hand grip test
  • Planning weight reducing diet

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

72 participants in 2 patient groups

Individual nutritional therapy
Experimental group
Description:
Individual nutritional therapy provided by registered dietician by means of three Home-visits
Treatment:
Dietary Supplement: Individual nutritional therapy
Standard Follow-home programme
No Intervention group
Description:
Standard Follow-home programme without individual nutritional therapy

Trial contacts and locations

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