mappmal: multidisciplinary approach to develop a prototype for the prevention of malnutrition in older people: products, people, places and procedures

From October 2008 to September 2011
Project Leader(s): Prof Paula Moynihan, Prof Carl May, Prof Patrick Olivier, Prof Alastair Macdonald (Glasgow School of Art), Dr Lisa Methven (University of Reading), Prof Margot Gosney (University of Reading).
Staff: Mrs Claire Bamford, Dr Ben Heaven Dr Alan Bell (University of Reading), Dr Carol Fairfield (University of Reading), Dr Yiannis Mavromattis (University of Reading), Miss Clare Payne (University of Reading), Dr Martin Maguire (University of Loughborough), Miss Gemma Teal (Glasgow School of Art).
Contact: Prof Paula Moynihan
Sponsors: Research Councils’ New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (ESRC)

mappmal is a three year research project funded through the Research Councils New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, administered through the ESRC.  The aim of the New Dynamics of Ageing mappmal project is to develop a new systems prototype for food provision to older patients to prevent malnutrition. The project will first map out current practice in hospitals for provision of food to older patients and identify opportunities for change. Then, with input from end users and stakeholders, a new food system will be devised that exploits new and existing technologies in considering 4 key areas: (1) the food provided, including new foods for patients with swallowing difficulties, (2) the ‘Food Journey’ - how the food is transferred from the production site to the patient, and the maintenance of quality throughout this journey, (3) the patient’s eating environment and (4) monitoring food intake.  Development of the prototype for the Food Journey and Patient Environment will involve iterative design and process evaluation using scenario building and visualisation tools e.g. physical mock ups and virtual 3D modelling of ward and patient environments.
The feasibility and acceptability of the prototype will be investigated through qualitative investigations with end users and stakeholders to determine the workability/integration into real life. The potential application of the prototype to other care settings for older people will also be investigated.


Claire Bamford
Senior Research Associate

Professor Paula Moynihan
Prof of Nutrition & Oral Health