Type

Journal Article

Authors

Sabina Brennan
Brian Lawlor
Leona Connolly
Michelle Loftus
Emma McCormack
Niamh Aspell
Olga Lee
Joanna E McHugh Power

Subjects

Psychology

Topics
older adults self efficacy randomised controlled trial food intake social factors energy intake psychology nutritional sciences cognitive psychology welfare of older people complex interventions

RelAte: pilot study of the effects of a mealtime intervention on social cognitive factors and energy intake among older adults living alone. (2016)

Abstract Mealtime interventions typically focus on institutionalised older adults, but we wanted to investigate whether they may also be effective among those living independently. Using a randomised controlled trial design, we assessed the effects of a novel mealtime intervention on self-efficacy, food enjoyment and energy intake. A total of 100 adults living alone aged over 60 years were randomised to the treatment or control conditions: all received a guidebook on nutrition and culinary skills. Treatment group participants received a weekly visit from a trained volunteer who prepared and shared a meal with them. Participants in the treatment group showed improvements relative to those in the control group at borderline significance (P=0ยท054) for self-efficacy and at significance for food enjoyment. Significant improvements were observed in female participants in the treatment but not in the control group in energy intake (although following corrections for multiple comparisons, only the effect on food enjoyment remained significant). These findings will inform the design of future complex interventions. For this type of intervention to be successful, more focus has to be placed on making interventions more personalised, potentially according to sex. Findings are important for nutritional sciences as they indicate that, in order to improve energy intake and food enjoyment among older adults, multimodal nutritional interventions including social components may be successful.
Collections Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology: Cognitive psychology
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare: Welfare of older people
Ireland -> Trinity College Dublin -> PubMed
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = H Social Sciences: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Full list of authors on original publication

Sabina Brennan, Brian Lawlor, Leona Connolly, Michelle Loftus, Emma McCormack, Niamh Aspell, Olga Lee, Joanna E McHugh Power

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Sabina Brennan
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 47
 
2
Brian A. Lawlor
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 125
 
3
Niamh Aspell
Trinity College Dublin
 
4
Olga Lee
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 5
 
5
Joanna E. McHugh Power
National College Ireland
Total Publications: 32