Does Use of Coloured Crockery Influence Food Consumption of Elderly Patients in Acute Setting?

Short Title Coloured Crockery and Food Intake
Category Post Diagnosis
Organisation Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Contact Name Sandy Woodbridge
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Sector Hospital/Acute Care
Region Wiltshire
Postcode SP54JH
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Impaired colour contrast sensitivity in Alzheimer’s disease; malnutrition common in elderly inpatients; improved nutrition facilitates better health. Care home data suggest increased food intake for cognitively impaired people when food served on coloured plates. Not assessed in hospital inpatients. Assessed impact of blue crockery on food intake; subgroup analysis in those with cognitive impairment.


Confused patients ate significantly less than others, but improvement across all patients with blue crockery was achieved, and also demonstrated in those with confusion. 

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