Tolerance and acceptability evaluation of AYMES Shake plus Thickener

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    A Tolerance and acceptability evaluation of AYMES Shake plus Thickener



  • Contact name

    Sue Pownall

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    AYMES International Ltd

  • Research summary

    Is AYMES Shake plus Thickener acceptable and tolerated by patients requiring thickened supplements to improve their nutritional intake?

    Oral nutritional support may be essential for people who are unable to meet their nutritional needs solely from food and fluids. This is particularly the case for those who have reduced swallowing ability (dysphagia) and require thickened drinks or pureed diets. AYMES Shake plus Thickener is an oral nutritional supplement that can be made up to different consistencies to meet the needs of the patients both in terms of nutritional requirements and swallowing abilities.

    In order to increase the variety of supplements available to these patients, AYMES International Ltd has developed a product that now requires tolerability and acceptability testing. The product is presented as a powder that is then mixed with fresh milk of differing quantities in order to make either stage 1, 2 or 3 liquids / puddings. The aim of this study is to test the acceptability of this product looking at weight changes, volume taken, tolerance and patients’ views.

    30 inpatients that require additional oral nutritional support in a smooth pudding consistency or as a thickened fluid will be recruited to the study from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. They will be monitored whilst they continue with their current oral nutritional supplement for 7 days and then when they are changed on to AYMES Shake plus Thickener. They will take this supplement for 10 days. Each patient will therefore be on the study for 17 days.

    This study is being carried out by the Dietitians at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and funded by AYMES International Ltd.

  • REC name

    Yorkshire & The Humber - Sheffield Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    11 Jul 2014

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion