Roger Watson, Editor
The aim of this study is to obtain a Spanish version of the Edinburgh Feeding Evaluation in Dementia Scale version, to assess its reliability for use by medical staff and caregivers at residential care homes, to evaluate by confirmatory methods its construct validity.A further aim was to determine the criterion validity with respect to biochemical markers of malnutrition such as serum albumin, transferrin, cholesterol and lymphocytes, the body mass index and the mini nutritional assessment.
The study will be conducted in residential care homes in the Costa del Sol healthcare district (Spain) in 2015. The study subjects will be aged over 65 years, institutionalized for at least 3 months and diagnosed with dementia. Exclusion criteria include terminal illness or other diseases that hinder feeding (stroke, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), motor neuron disease, maxillary fractures and paralysis.), the use of a gastrostomy tube, nasogastric tube, nasojejunal tube, enteral nutrition, refusal to participate in the study or the absence of consent by the legal guardians or reference relative/carers.
Saucedo Figueredo MC, Morilla Herrera JC, Ramos Gil R, Arjona Gómez MN, García Dillana F, Martínez Blanco J, Morlaes Ascencio JM (2016) Validation of the Spanish version of the Edinburgh feeding evaluation in dementia scale applied to institutionalized older persons with dementia: a study protocol Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.48