Eat Well, Feel Well, Stay Well

Eat well, feel well, stay well (The STREAM) Trial

STREAM: Screen and TREAt for Malnutrition — Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

About 10-15% of people over the age of 65 living at home are at risk of malnutrition. In particular, poor appetite is an important risk factor for malnutrition and for weight loss, and a risk factor for the development of infections, hospital admissions and even longer term mortality. This may be because they are not getting enough to eat, or because they are not eating enough of the right food. We have developed an approach (‘intervention’) to help doctors and nurses in general practice to check if older adults who live at home are at risk of malnutrition. They can then offer support to those who need it. Our intervention, called ‘Eat well, feel well, stay well’, includes booklets and other materials for older adults, and support for health professionals. The support for health professionals includes guidance about when to see patients, and for those more severely at risk when to use oral nutritional supplements.

Who will be able to take part?

Eligible patients were identified, recruited and are being followed up in this study.