Optimizing the Ambiance During Mealtimes in Dutch Nursing Homes

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
Information provided by:
Wageningen University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00114582
First received: June 15, 2005
Last updated: February 12, 2009
Last verified: February 2009
  Purpose

Optimizing the social and physical ambiance during mealtimes in Dutch nursing homes: implementation and evaluation of the effect with respect to quality of life, nutritional status and physical performance.


Condition Intervention Phase
Malnutrition
Procedure: family style dinner
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Optimizing the Ambiance During Mealtimes in Dutch Nursing Homes

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Further study details as provided by Wageningen University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Nutritional status
  • Quality of life
  • Physical performance

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: April 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2003
Detailed Description:

Study design: During six months the intervention group had their meals in family style, and the control group received the usual tray services.

Hypothesis: We hypothesized that the intervention program had a positive effect on quality of life, food intake, body weight, physical performance, and biochemical data (hematocrit, hemoglobin, leucocytes, ferretin, albumin, homocysteine and folate) among the residents in the intervention group, while these outcome measures would regularly decline among the residents in the control group.

Site and participants: Nursing homes volunteered to participate in the study. In each nursing home there was a control and intervention ward. Only residents with a chronic somatic disorder were included. Residents were excluded when they were in a terminal phase of a disease, had total parenteral feeding or were not able to give informed consent due to their physical or mental condition. The ethical committee and the client board of the nursing homes and the medical ethical committee of Wageningen University approved the study protocol.

Intervention: The intervention program lasted for six months and was based on an inventory research of mealtime ambiance models in the Netherlands. The program consisted of five aspects: table dressing, food services, staff protocol, residents' protocol, and mealtime protocol. Before the start of the meal, tables were set with tablecloths, full cutlery and plates. The cooked meal was served in dishes and residents had the opportunity to choose between two kinds of vegetables, two kinds of meat and potatoes.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nursing home residents with a chronic somatic disease and long term care

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Residents were excluded when they were in a terminal phase of a disease, had total parenteral feeding or were not able to give informed consent due to their physical or mental condition.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00114582

Locations
Netherlands
Wageningen University
Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands, 6700 EV
Sponsors and Collaborators
Wageningen University
ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00114582     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2420.0021
Study First Received: June 15, 2005
Last Updated: February 12, 2009
Health Authority: Netherlands: The Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO)

Keywords provided by Wageningen University:
family style dinner
quality of life
nutritional status
nursing home residents

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Malnutrition
Nutrition Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 16, 2014