Received: 21 January 2019
Accepted: 21 October 2019
First Online: 30 October 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The Ethical approval to access the database where data of residents were stored was given by the Regional Ethical Committee - Comitato Etico Unico Regionale F.V.G., Italy (prot. N. 29747, 2018) in the context of a large retrospective study. According to the ‘Autorizzazione n. 9/2012 – Autorizzazione general al trattamento dei dati personali effettuato per scopi di ricerca scientifica’ (Authorization 9/2012 – General authorization for the processing of personal data carried out for scientific research purposes, [CitationRef removed]), the written informed consent of the residents was not required. To access the NHs the approval was provided from the Health Care Institution responsible and each NH involved (prot. N. 66935, 2017) who, according to the observational nature of the study, not-intrusive and not changing the usual care provided to the residents, did not require the collection of their written consent to participate. Specifically, data collected via observation was the that same routinely collected and stored in the database above-mentioned according to the minimum data set of the Nursing Homes involved. However, given that eating difficulties were assessed in different times according to the needs of the residents and their admission in the Nursing Home, eating performance was re-assessed on a specific day by trained researchers with the intent to increase the rigour of the study.Before the data collection, all residents were informed with regards to the study aims on personal basis by the PI (Alvisa Palese); in the dining rooms there were also available informative sheets regarding the aims of the ongoing study projects. The day of the observation, the information regarding the study aims was repeated. All residents gave their verbal informed consent to participate.
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: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.