Community Oral Nutrition Support Trial

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southampton Identifier:
First received: August 10, 2007
Last updated: September 10, 2015
Last verified: June 2015

The purpose of this study is to determine the best form of dietary intervention to undernourished elderly individuals in care homes.

The research aims to test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between oral nutritional supplements and dietary advice as the first line treatment for malnutrition.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Dietary Advice
Dietary Supplement: Oral Nutritional Supplements (Fortisip)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised Trial of Oral Nutritional Supplements Versus Dietary Advice on Clinical Nutrition in the Community.

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Further study details as provided by University of Southampton:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary outcome measure is Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 104
Study Start Date: August 2007
Study Completion Date: March 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Dietary Advice
Dietary Advice
Behavioral: Dietary Advice
Dietary Advice sheet
Oral Nutritional Supplements
Oral Nutritional Supplements
Dietary Supplement: Oral Nutritional Supplements (Fortisip)

These products are classified as non-medicinal, borderline substances, foods for special medical purposes.

A range of commercially available liquid oral nutritional supplements (Fortisip) will be offered daily for a 12 week period.

Detailed Description:

A prospective, randomised, parallel, open-label trial, study in malnourished care home residents, without obvious dementia, to compare the effects of two common forms of nutritional support; dietary advice (DA) and oral nutritional supplements (ONS), on quality of life (QoL) and other outcomes including weight, nutritional intake and appetite. The residents were randomised to receive either DA provided by a dietitian or ONS for a period of 12 weeks. The primary outcome measure was QoL and the secondary outcome measure was dietary intake.


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female
  • Age > 50 years
  • At risk of malnutrition
  • Competent to provide written informed consent and to answer questions
  • Able to eat and drink
  • Willingness to take part in the trial and to follow the trial protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Requirement for tube or parenteral nutrition
  • Galactosemia
  • Receiving current oral nutritional supplementation
  • Palliative care
  • Chronic renal disease requiring dialysis
  • Liver failure
  • Malignancy
  • Participation in other studies
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00515125

United Kingdom
Care Homes in Hampshire
Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southampton
Principal Investigator: Marinos Elia, Professor University of Southampton
  More Information

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Responsible Party: University of Southampton Identifier: NCT00515125     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ELIA0001
Study First Received: August 10, 2007
Last Updated: September 10, 2015
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by University of Southampton:
Quality of life
Care home

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders processed this record on October 02, 2015