ARLINGTON, Virginia., August 4, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and Meals on Wheels America announced a collaboration on a three-year research initiative to study the most effective mode of meal delivery to support the ability of older adults to aging in their homes and outside institutional settings. This research is made possible by an approved $ 4 million grant for Brunette college by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study will compare the impact of the daily meal service Meals on Wheels – with socialization and well-being control – with frozen meals in direct delivery every two weeks.
The research team will conduct a randomized controlled trial with the participation of local Meals on Wheels programs. 2,300 seniors currently on waiting lists for selected program services will be randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group will receive a daily meal delivery from Meals on Wheels, five days a week, while the second will receive a delivery of 10 frozen meals – provided by TRIO Community Meals – once every two weeks. Funding for meals – a necessary component of this project – was made possible through financial support from AARP and the AARP Foundation. To better understand the effectiveness of each mode of meal delivery among the two groups of participants, the researchers will examine the differences in healthcare use, as well as healthy days in the community, feelings of loneliness and overall quality of life.
“Healthcare entities are increasingly contracting with community organizations to provide in-home meals, and Meals on Wheels America is delighted to be working with our long-time partner, Brunette college, on this important initiative to improve understanding of the type of meal delivery that works best for the health of those in need, ”said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “The funding of this project by the PCORI will be based on our The research efforts of More Than a Meal® and contribute significantly to the body of evidence exploring the impact that Meals on Wheels unique service model has on the health and well-being of at-risk seniors and their ability to stay safe and independent in their own homes, while reducing the use of high-cost acute and long-term care services.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Meals on Wheels America to examine the comparative effectiveness of the two predominant modes of meal delivery on hospitalization prevention and retirement home placement,” said Kali thomas, associate professor at the Brown School of Public Health and principal investigator of the study.
“We are delighted that the PCORI builds on the initial investment of the AARP Foundation in the More than a meal® research that has demonstrated the essential link between meal delivery, food security and social bond. Building an evidence base is essential for scaling up effective solutions, ”said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation.
“This study was selected for PCORI funding not only for its scientific merit and commitment to involving patients and stakeholders in research, but also for its potential to fill a significant evidence gap and provide people with information to help them better assess their care options, ”said PCORI Executive Director Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH. “We look forward to monitoring the progress of the study and working with Meals on Wheels America and Brown University to share the results.”
Meals on Wheels America and Brown University The study was selected for PCORI funding through a highly competitive review process in which patients, clinicians and other stakeholders joined with clinical scientists to assess the proposals. Applications were assessed on their scientific merit, degree of engagement with patients and other stakeholders, and methodological rigor, among other criteria.
This funding allocation was approved pending the completion of a review of activities and programs by PCORI staff and the issuance of a formal award contract.
PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information they need to make more informed health decisions. For more information on PCORI funding, visit www.pcori.org.
ABOUT AMERICA WHEEL MEALS
Meals on Wheels America is the leading organization supporting more than 5,000 community programs across the country dedicated to addressing isolation and hunger in the elderly. This network serves virtually every community in America and, with more than two million staff and volunteers, provides nutritious meals, friendly tours, and security checks that allow older Americans to live nurtured lives with independence. and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and support, Meals on Wheels America enables its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information or to find a Meals on Wheels supplier near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.
ABOUT BROWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH RESEARCH AND GERONTOLOGY CENTER
The Gerontology and Health Research Center is one of 13 nationally recognized research centers within the Brown University School of Public Health. The Center studies the various health and social service needs of the elderly and other people with chronic illnesses. Since the 1980s, its findings have served as valuable guides for government agencies making policy decisions to improve the health and health care of our aging and disabled populations.
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