The SHAPE Study: Nutritional Needs, Physical Function and Sarcopenia in Geriatric Outpatient

Project Details

The SHAPE study aims to disentangle the relationship between muscle health, physical activity and nutritional status of geriatric outpatients referred to the Falls and Balance Clinic, Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH, Royal Park Campus). Findings from this study will facilitate the development of physical and nutritional interventions to treat sarcopenia, known as age-related loss of muscle mass and/or strength. Targeted interventions to diagnose and treat sarcopenia aim to reduce the rate of associated negative health outcomes, including falls, physical disability, poor quality of life, loss of independence and mortality.

Researchers

  • Prof Andrea Maier, @AgeMelbourne Center Leader
  • A/Prof Kwang Lim, Clinical Director of Medicine and Community Care & Aged Care  | The Royal Melbourne Hospital  | The University of Melbourne  | CGA & SHAPE
  • Dr Christina Phassouliotis, Research Coordinator | The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Camilla Tuttle, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow | The University of Melbourne  | Biological Geriatric Assessment
  • Dr Esmee Reijnierse, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow | The University of Melbourne | SHAPE
  • Suey Yeung, PhD Student  | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam |The University of Melbourne | SHAPE

Collaborators

National collaboration:

  1. Kate Fetterplace, Senior Dietitian, Clinical Lead and Senior ICU Dietitian | Department of Clinical Nutrition, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  2. Kathryn Marshall, Senior Clinician Dietitian  | Department of Clinical Nutrition, Royal Melbourne Hospital

@AgeAmsterdam:

  • Dr. Carel Meskers, MD, rehabilitation specialist | Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam | Department of Human Movement Sciences, MOVE Research Institute, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam | EMPOWER, PANINI, SHAPE, PreventIT, COGA and NeuroCIMT
  • Dr. Marijke Trappenburg, MD, Internist Geriatrician, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gerontology And Geriatrics, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam | Department of Internal Medicine, Amstelland Hospital, Amstelveen | PANINI, SHAPE and COGA
  • Anna Rojer, PhD Student | Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gerontology And Geriatrics, VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam | SHAPE

Funding

This study is supported by the PANINI programme (Horizion 2020, Marie Curie, Sklodowska, Innovative Training Network, No 675003) and the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine.

Research Outcomes

  1. Reijnierse EM, de Jong N, Trappenburg MC, et al. Assessment of maximal handgrip strength: how many attempts are needed? J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2017 Feb 2.
  2. Reijnierse EM, Trappenburg MC, Blauw GJ, et al. Common ground? The concordance of sarcopenia and frailty definitions. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Apr 1;17(4):371.e7-12.
  3. Reijnierse EM, Trappenburg MC, Leter MJ, et al. The association between parameters of malnutrition and diagnostic measures of sarcopenia in geriatric outpatients. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 18;10(8):e0135933.
  4. Rojer AGM, Kruizenga HM, Trappenburg MC, et al. The prevalence of malnutrition according to the new ESPEN definition in four diverse populations. Clin Nutr. 2016 Jun; 35(3):758-62.
  5. Reijnierse EM, Trappenburg MC, Leter MJ, et al. The impact of different diagnostic criteria on the prevalence of sarcopenia in healthy elderly participants and geriatric outpatients. Gerontology. 2015;61(6):491-6.
  6. Bijlsma AY, Pasma JH, Lambers D, et al. Muscle Strength Rather Than Muscle Mass Is Associated With Standing Balance in Elderly Outpatients. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013. 14(7):493-498.

Research Group

@AgeMelbourne


School Research Themes

Musculoskeletal



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Unit / Centre

@AgeMelbourne