Foundations on the advisory panel for the BATH-OUT trial

The BATH-OUT trial is an innovative research into the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial of bathing adaptations for older adults and their carers

Researchers at the University of Nottingham are carrying out a research project, in collaboration with Nottingham City Council, examining the links between bathing adaptations and the health and wellbeing of older adults. The researchers are aiming to test whether it is feasible to conduct a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of bathing adaptations for older adults and their carers. Participants will be randomised to receive immediate adaptations or routine waiting list (3 months). Outcomes will be assessed at 3 and 6 months and include measures of health and social care related quality of life, functional ability, and use of health and social care services. Qualitative interviews with users and carers will supplement the findings. The ultimate aim of this study is to inform the design of a powered RCT to improve the evidence base and knowledge of the links between housing and health and wellbeing.

The study is being led by Dr Phillip Whitehead, who is a research fellow and occupational therapist with a background in social care practice and research. The research team are supported by a project advisory group which includes Foundations. The research is funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research. Ethical approvals are in place and the study is currently in the set-up phase. The researchers aim to begin recruiting participants into the study in September 2016 and the results are expected in early 2018.

To receive updates about the study please email bath-out@nottingham.ac.uk and request to go onto the study mailing list. Alternatively you can follow the study on twitter @bath_out

Further information can be found on the project webpage: www.nottingham.ac.uk/go/bath-out