Effect of nutritional interventions on discharged older patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Tina Munk, Jonas Ainas Svendsen, Anne Wilkens Knudsen, Tanja Bak Østergaard, Anne Marie Beck

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Abstract

Background
During hospitalization, many older patients are at nutritional risk or malnourished, and their nutritional condition is often further impaired during hospitalization. After discharge, a “nutrition gap” often occurs in which the patient does not receive enough nutrition to ensure an optimal recovery.

Methods
The study is a randomized controlled study ongoing over 112 days. At discharge, the intervention group receives guidance from a clinical dietitian, and an individualized nutrition plan is made. The dietitian will perform telephone follow-up after 4 and 30 days. It will also be possible for the participant, the participant’s relatives, or the participant’s municipality to contact the dietitian if nutritional questions arise. At the time of discharge, the intervention group will receive a package containing foods and drinks that will cover their nutritional needs on the first day after discharge. They will also receive a goodie bag containing samples of protein-rich, milk-based drinks. Data are collected on quality of life, appetite, physical function, dietary intake, weight, height, energy and protein needs, and experience of discharge and cooperation with the municipality. Information about nutrition status will be sent to the municipality so that the municipality can take over nutritional treatment. The control group receives a standard treatment.

Discussion
This study is the first to combine previously successful single nutritional interventions into a multimodal intervention whose aim is to obtain an effect on patient-related outcomes. We hope that the results will prove beneficial and help to ensure the cross-sector quality of nutritional support to older patients.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer365
TidsskriftTrials
Vol/bind21
Antal sider10
ISSN1745-6215
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 maj 2020

Emneord

  • Sundhed, ernæring og livskvalitet
  • Kom mæt hjem

    Munk, T., Beck, A. M., Svendsen, J., Wilkens Knudsen, A. & Geiker, N.

    01/09/1730/04/22

    Projekter: ProjektForskning

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