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Table 5 Assessment of feasibility and acceptability success criteria

From: A cluster randomised feasibility trial evaluating nutritional interventions in the treatment of malnutrition in care home adult residents

Objectives Success criteria Met/not met
1. Recruitment of care homes: Met
• Six care homes recruited within 3 months
2. Resident eligibility criteria and recruitment Met
• 84.5 % of those at risk of malnutrition were eligible for the intervention
• 93 residents recruited
3. Retention of care homes and residents Met
• 100 % of the care homes were retained
• 68 % of the residents were retained at 6 months
4. Intervention acceptability to residents and staff Met
• Intervention crossover of 7.4 % for SC, 4.3 % for ONS arm and 0 % for FB
• 86 % of residents compliant with ≥50 % of dietetic-led intervention dose at T1 and T2
• Resident compliance with ≥75 % of the dietetic-led intervention dose at T1 and T2: FB: 78 % and 70 %; ONS: 67 % and 63 %
• Staff adherence: 100 % for FB at T1 and T2. 100 % for ONS at T1 and 95 % at T2
5. Feasibility and acceptability of the outcomes piloted Met for
• Weight, BMI, MUAC, Energy, protein, fluid intake (>80 % data completeness)
Not met for
• HGD and TSF (completeness of 54 % and 78 % respectively)
  1. SC standard care, FB food-based, ONS oral nutritional supplements, BMI body mass index, MAC mid-upper arm circumference, TSF tricep skinfold thickness, HgD handgrip dynamometer, T1 Baseline - 3 months, T2 3 months - 6 months