The Southampton Mealtime Assistance Roll-out Trial (SMART)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02229019|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 29, 2014
Last Update Posted : October 13, 2016
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Volunteer Mealtime Assistants||Behavioral: Volunteer mealtime assistance||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||258 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Single Group Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Primary Purpose:||Health Services Research|
|Official Title:||The Southampton Mealtime Assistance Roll-out Trial|
|Study Start Date :||August 2014|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||March 2016|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||July 2016|
Experimental: Volunteer mealtime assistance
Trained volunteers will provide mealtime assistance to older hospital inpatients at one mealtime each weekday.
Behavioral: Volunteer mealtime assistance
- Feasibility and acceptability of volunteer mealtime assistants in different hospital departments [ Time Frame: 16 months ]
Is it feasible to recruit and sustain sufficient volunteers to provide mealtime assistance across a large hospital trust? Are these volunteers acceptable to patients, relatives, and staff? This will be determined by recording the number of volunteers recruited, trained and assessed and by recording their activity, in numbers of mealtimes assisted per week and duration of volunteering. If a volunteer discontinues their role, the reasons will be identified for this.
Acceptability will be assessed through qualitative methods- interviews with patients and relatives and focus groups with nursing staff and volunteers.
- Changes in food choice and dietary intake before and after the introduction of volunteer mealtime assistants [ Time Frame: 16 months ]The food choices and dietary intake of patients on the wards under study will be determined twice prior to the introduction of the volunteers and twice after their introduction. This will take place at the mealtime where the volunteers are assisting. The weight of meals served is portion controlled by the hospital caterers to within 10% of the stated weight. Therefore, using these stated weights and by measuring the leftover weight of food, we will calculate each patient's dietary intake at that mealtime.
- Costs to the hospital trust associated with implementing a volunteer mealtime assistance programme [ Time Frame: 16 months ]Staff costs in terms of time spent training and supporting volunteers will be recorded, as will any consumables required for the study. The costs will be totalled to provide an overall cost estimate of implementing a volunteer mealtime assistance programme.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02229019
|Southampton General Hospital|
|Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom, SO21 3BX|
|Principal Investigator:||Fiona Rossiter, MBChB||University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust|