Nutrition

Leader: Marjolein Visser Cornel Sieber

Aims

To create a platform for discussions on issues relevant to nutrition in geriatric care and to nutrition in healthy aging in general.

Relevance for the purposes of the EuGMS

Nutrition has been established as one of the key modifiable determinants of healthy aging. Optimal nutritional support is a crucial component of good geriatric care.

Members

N° of members: 16

Expected method of work

Group meetings, expert discussions, and conduct of collaborative research projects

First expected outcome and approximate date of completion

Currently, the group is involved in a project aiming to develop a minimum data set (MDS) for relevant outcomes of nutritional intervention studies to treat protein-energy malnutrition in older adults. Inclusion of this MDS in future intervention studies will allow better comparison of treatment effects across studies, and will facilitate the conduct of meta-analyses and IPD analyses in the future. This will importantly increase our knowledge and understanding about optimal treatment of protein-energy malnutrition in older adults across settings.

The project will consist of three steps:

  1. A systematic literature review to identify commonly used outcomes in three setting (community, hospital, and long-term care). This step is currently on-going and performed by a subgroup of SIG Nutrition members in close collaboration with the SIG Systematic review and meta analysis.
  2. A web-based survey (in English) using a Delphi approach to select the preferred outcomes for the three settings. To be conducted in 2021with the input from all SIG nutrition members as well as other EuGMS members.
  3. A study among older malnourished persons from the three settings to investigate their preferences for relevant outcomes. To be conducted in 2022.  

Results of the different steps of this project and plans for subsequent steps will be discussed during the SIG Nutrition meetings. Results of the project will be presented at the annual EuGMS meetings. The results of all research steps leading to the development of the MDS will ultimately be published in an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Way of communication among members

Per mail and SIG meetings

Planning of meetings

Yearly at the EuGMS congresses and in between the congresses, if special tasks have to be fulfilled.
Next Meeting 16th EuGMS International Congress, Athens October 7-9, 2020.