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Nutritional OUtcomes from a Randomised Investigation of intradialytic oral nutritional Supplements in patients receiving Haemodialysis

The NOURISH study is a pilot randomised controlled trial investigating the use of an intradialytic nutritional supplement on nutritional status. The trial is a single centre, randomised, parallel-group two armed design comparing an intervention group (receiving nutritional supplements) to a control group (receiving standard care).

What are the objectives of the study?

The main study objectives are to assess the feasibility of a full RCT, including

  • recruitment and retention of patients
  • compliance with the intervention
  • the ease of completion of questionnaires
  • estimates of clinical outcome measures, such as effect size and variance.

What does the study involve?

Patients will be randomised to either the intervention group or the control group. Each dialysis session those in the intervention group will take a nutritional supplement from a choice of drinks or puddings in various flavours, while those in the control group will receive standard care. All patients will complete a short questionnaire about their wellbeing each time they attend haemodialysis, and will have their hand grip strength, dietary intake and quality of life measured at baseline, 1 and 2 months.

We hope to recruit 30 patients to the study. The primary outcome is recruitment.

When will the study take place?

Recruitment will begin in May 2013 and the study will complete in September 2013.


Name & Role Location Email Phone
Louise Jackson, Principal Investigator Dietetic Department, Northern General Hospital louise.jackson@sth.nhs.uk (0114) 2715072
Dr Judith Cohen, Academic Supervisor School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) j.cohen@sheffield.ac.uk (0114) 2220868
Ben Sully, Medical Statistician School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) b.g.sully@sheffield.ac.uk (0114) 2220813
Mrs Val Trickett, Clinical Supervisor Dietetic Department, Northern General Hospital (0114) 2715072
Dr Arif Khwaja, Medical Advisor Sheffield Kidney Institute, Northern General Hospital (0114) 2714808