Clinical Trial Details

Meaningful Engagement in Nutritional Understanding (MENU): Best choices for aged care

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Trial Information

Broad Health Condition Diet and Nutrition

Specific Health ConditionOther diet and nutrition disorders

Trial FocusEducational / counselling / training

Recruitment statusRecruiting

Recruitment Details
Recruitment State

Anticipated date of first participant enrolment1/07/2018

Anticipated date of last participant enrolment1/07/2018

Phase of TrialNot Applicable

Has the study received ethics approval?Further information iconApproved

Trial summary

Research suggests that the majority of Australians with dementia in residential aged care are malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. This project seeks to change this unacceptable situation by trialling a practical multi-component nutrition support intervention (MENU: Meaningful Engagement in Nutritional Understanding) that arose from suggestions from staff in a Tasmanian aged care home on how to improve care and support of people with dementia. The project will trial MENU in two Wicking-partner aged care facilities. The impact of MENU on raising staff awareness of best nutrition care and support for residents with dementia and reducing malnutrition prevalence will be evaluated. There are two specific objectives: 1. raise awareness (knowledge and practice change) among care facility staff/care volunteers/family of best nutrition care for residents with dementia; 2. reduce residents’ malnutrition risk. The project findings, outputs and the MENU approach will be disseminated across Tasmania.

Key inclusion criteria

Participants will be recruited from two aged care facilities where they will reside, work or volunteer, or be a family member of a resident. 
The criteria for residents’ inclusion in the study are:
1.	Resident in the aged care facility for over four weeks;
2.	Has symptoms of cognitive impairment or dementia (e.g. over 9/21 on Psychogeriatric Assessment Scale–Cognitive (moderate-severe impairment)).
The criteria for aged care workers, care volunteers and family members are:
1.      Has paid or voluntary employment at, or has a family member living in, one of the participating aged care homes;
2.     Aged 18 year or over.

Minimum age18 Years

GenderBoth males and females

Can Healthy volunteers participate?Yes

Key exclusion criteria

People highly dependent on medical care or, in the opinion of nursing staff, at end-of-life.
Contact details and further information

Sponsor Primary Sponsor Type: University
Primary Sponsor Name: University of Tasmania
Primary Sponsor Address: Churchill Ave, Hobart TAS 7005
Primary Sponsor Country: Australia

Trial IDACTRN12618000540213

Contact person for information and recruitmentDr
Emma Lea
Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre | College of Health and Medicine University of Tasmania Medical Science 1 Building, 17 Liverpool St Private Bag 143 Hobart TAS 7001
+61 (0)3 6226 4217

Further information