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Appropriate Controlled Feeding: a Single Blinded Prospective Randomised Study

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 30, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 5, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anwar Owais, Scarborough General Hospital

Brief Summary:

During patients' stay in the hospital, some of the patients may require artificial feeding for various reasons either through a vein or through a tube going directly to the gut. However, the amount of feeding that can be considered 'adequate' is unclear due to lack of research data. The current evidence the investigators have suggests that doctors might be giving patients more than they require, which might carry some risks. This hasn't been proven until now and there is no evidence as yet to show investigators exactly how much the doctors should feed patients.

The aim of the study is to see whether feeding patients less than what they are currently been feed is associated with better outcome.

The patients will be randomly (like tossing a coin) allocated into 2 groups. One group will get 100% of the current amount; the second group will get 60%. The investigators will then compare the groups to decide if feeding patients less than the current practice is associated with better outcomes.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Patients Requiring Artificial Nutrition Other: Hypocaloric feeding Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 93 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Appropriate Controlled Feeding: a Single Blinded Prospective Randomised Study
Study Start Date : April 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2012

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Normocaloric feeding
This control group will receive energy and protein intakes as recommended by the use of Schofield equations, as is current practice (100% of requirements)
Other: Hypocaloric feeding
This intervention group will be prescribed 60% of recommended (by Schofield) requirements.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Septic complication [ Time Frame: average of one week ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Inflammatory response [ Time Frame: average of one week ]
  2. Metabolic response [ Time Frame: average of one week ]
  3. Nutrition status [ Time Frame: average of one week ]
  4. Systematic complications [ Time Frame: average of one week ]
  5. Cost benefit analysis [ Time Frame: average of one week ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients requiring artificial nutritional support in the hospital

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Failure to obtain informed consent / assent from next of kin.
  • Patients at risk of refeeding syndrome.
  • If patients require concomitant enteral and parenteral nutrition.
  • Pregnant women and children under the age of 18 years.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01154179

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United Kingdom
Scarborough General Hospital
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, YO12 6QL
Sponsors and Collaborators
Scarborough General Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Anwar E Owais, MBBS MRCSEd Scarborough General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Irfan Kabir, MRCS SCarborough General hopital
Principal Investigator: Marcel Gatt, MD Scarborough General Hospital
Principal Investigator: Claire Mcnaught, MD Scarborough General Hospital
Principal Investigator: John Macfie, MD Scarborough General Hospital
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Anwar Owais, Mr, Scarborough General Hospital Identifier: NCT01154179    
Other Study ID Numbers: SNE-A01322
First Posted: June 30, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 5, 2012
Last Verified: September 2012
Keywords provided by Anwar Owais, Scarborough General Hospital:
permissive underfeeding
hypocaloric feeding
artificial nutrition