Nutritional Status and Quality of Life in Older Adults (NSQLOP)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kathryn Hart, University of Surrey Identifier:
First received: June 15, 2012
Last updated: July 3, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

The aim of this study is to determine the nutritional status, and factors affecting malnutrition in older people staying in hospitals.


  • To recruit a sample of older people in hospital
  • To collect information on nutritional status, satisfaction with food-related life and experience with access to food in hospital.
  • To assess the staffing attitudes to nutritional care of the older adult
  • To undertake an audit of therapeutic ('special') diets served in hospitals, with respect to their nutritional adequacy and wastage
  • To investigate predictors and correlates of malnutrition within the hospital setting and compare these relationships with those previously identified in care homes and the community.
  • To make recommendations for practice to improve the nutritional status of hospitalised older adults.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Nutritional Status and Quality of Life in Older Hospitalised Adults

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Further study details as provided by University of Surrey:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Nutritional status [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Using MNA

  • Satisfaction with food related quality of life [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Dietary intake [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    3 x 24hr recalls

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Food Access in Hospital [ Time Frame: baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   75 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Hospitalised older adults (>75years)


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged ≥ 75 years old
  • Male or female
  • Duration of stay is more than 24hrs
  • Able to eat normally
  • Able to read and write English
  • Able to be weighed standing or sitting OR accurate weight available since admission

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age below 75 years old
  • Newly admitted patient (less than 24hrs)
  • Certain medical conditions likely to affect digestion/ absorption of nutrients (researchers will assess)
  • Unable to provide informed written consent
  • Patients on gastric surgical wards or suffering from gastritis
  • Patients currently taking laxatives
  • Unable to be weighed and no measured weight available (self report weight is not adequate)
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01627496

United Kingdom
Royal Surrey County Hospital
Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Surrey
Principal Investigator: Noraida Omar, BSc University of Surrey
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Kathryn Hart, Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, University of Surrey Identifier: NCT01627496     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NSQLOP
Study First Received: June 15, 2012
Last Updated: July 3, 2012
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee
United Kingdom: National Health Service

Keywords provided by University of Surrey:
elderly care
quality of life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders processed this record on April 17, 2014