Prevention of Weight Loss in Long Term Care Veterans

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00841412
First received: February 9, 2009
Last updated: April 16, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
  Purpose

Background:

Numerous studies have shown that many LTC residents receive inadequate staff assistance with eating, which places them at risk for under-nutrition, dehydration and weight loss. Moreover, improvements in feeding assistance care have been shown to improve residents' daily food and fluid consumption and weight loss outcomes. However, these improvements have only been achieved through the use of research staff as opposed to indigenous LTC staff due to staffing resource limitations that exist in most LTC facilities. The purpose of this program evaluation project is to train indigenous LTC staff how to improve nutritional care within the constraints of existing staffing resources.

Objectives: The PI of this proposal has developed standardized assessment, monitoring and staffing needs projection tools that can be used by LTC providers to improve feeding assistance care delivery and unintentional weight loss outcomes. The primary objective of this project is to train indigenous LTC staff how to (1) identify residents in need of feeding assistance, (2) effectively monitor daily care delivery; and, (3) utilize existing, non-nursing staff for some mealtime tasks to improve care.

Methods: A multiple baseline design will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in one federal and one state VA LTC facility. Research staff will collect baseline measures related to organizational characteristics, including staffing, nutritional care processes and resident outcomes including oral food and fluid intake and weight status. All LTC units in each of the two sites will be divided into two groups for program implementation purposes (for a total of 4 groups across the 2 sites) based on the proximity of a unit to other units, resident and staff characteristics. The program will be implemented with staff and residents on the units in the first site/group; while, the second site/group remain in usual care and continue to be monitored monthly for all care process and resident outcome measures. Research staff will train LTC staff in the implementation of program protocols during a 12-week intervention period. Research staff will then monitor LTC staff implementation of the program independent of research staff monthly following intervention to determine the sustainability of the program in the absence of research staff. All staff training and monitoring will be repeated for the units in groups three and four. This 3-year program evaluation study will determine the effectiveness and cost of translating efficacious research protocols into care practice to improve the nutritional status of LTC veterans.

Status: All recruitment and data collection are complete. All data analyses are complete and a total of five published papers have resulted from this study. This project ended effective 10/1/13.


Condition Intervention
Malnutrition
Behavioral: Nutrition Assessment and Management

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prevention of Weight Loss in Long-Term Care Veterans

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • feeding assistance care processes and weight status [ Time Frame: 3 month intervention and 3 month follow up periods ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    amount and quality of feeding assistance provided during mealtimes for nutritionally at-risk residents and frequency and timeliness of staff offers of additional foods, fluids and supplements between meals for those with low meal intake.


Enrollment: 222
Study Start Date: February 2009
Study Completion Date: September 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arm 1
Intervention units will receive staff training and management to improve nutritional care processes.
Behavioral: Nutrition Assessment and Management
Long term care staff will receive a staff training and management intervention to improve the quality of daily nutritional care processes.
No Intervention: Arm 2
Usual care control group will be monitored by research staff under usual care conditions.

Detailed Description:

Background:

Numerous studies have shown that many long term care (LTC) residents receive inadequate staff assistance with eating, which places them at risk for under-nutrition, dehydration and weight loss. Moreover, improvements in feeding assistance care have been shown to improve residents' daily food and fluid consumption and weight loss outcomes. However, these improvements have only been achieved through the use of research staff as opposed to indigenous LTC staff due to staffing resource limitations that exist in most LTC facilities. The purpose of this program evaluation project is to train indigenous LTC staff how to improve nutritional care within the constraints of existing staffing resources.

Objectives:

The PI of this proposal has developed standardized assessment, monitoring and staffing needs projection tools that can be used by long-term care (LTC) providers to improve feeding assistance care delivery and unintentional weight loss outcomes. The primary objective of this project is to train indigenous LTC staff how to (1) identify residents in need of feeding assistance, (2) effectively monitor daily care delivery; and, (3) utilize existing, non-nursing staff for some mealtime tasks to improve care.

Methods:

A multiple baseline design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in one federal and one state VA long-term care (LTC) facility. Research staff collected baseline measures related to organizational characteristics, including staffing, nutritional care processes and resident outcomes including oral food and fluid intake and weight status. All LTC units in each of the two sites were divided into two groups for program implementation purposes (for a total of 4 groups across the 2 sites) based on the proximity of a unit to other units, resident and staff characteristics. The program was implemented with staff and residents on the units in the first site/group; while, the second site/group remained in usual care and continued to be monitored monthly for all care process and resident outcome measures. Research staff trained LTC staff in the implementation of program protocols during a 12-week intervention period. Research staff then monitored LTC staff implementation of the program monthly following intervention to determine the sustainability of the program in the absence of research staff. All staff training and monitoring was repeated for the LTC units in groups three and four. The intent of this program evaluation study was to determine the effectiveness and cost of translating efficacious research protocols into care practice to improve the nutritional status of LTC veterans.

Status:

Study is completed to include all recruitment, data collection and analyses. This study is officially closed.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Long-stay,
  • free of feeding tube,
  • not receiving hospice care,
  • not on a planned weight loss diet,
  • able to speak English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • short stay/rehab only
  • feeding tube
  • hospice
  • planned weight loss diet
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00841412

Locations
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37203
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Sandra F Simmons, BA MA PhD Vanderbilt University
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00841412     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 07-250
Study First Received: February 9, 2009
Last Updated: April 16, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Usual Care Control Group

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Malnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 27, 2014