27 April 2009

New Cochrane Review on use of tube feeding in advanced dementia

Do feeding tubes help or harm in advanced dementia?
Health Behaviour News Service: 14 April 2009
Family members grappling with the decision to allow a feeding tube for a relative with advanced dementia will find little comfort from a new review of evidence.

Poor food intake is common in individuals with dementia for a variety of reasons. In advanced dementia, health care providers might intervene by feeding patients artificially, usually by inserting a feeding tube through the stomach. This decision is emotional, controversial and influenced by complex ethical issues.

But do feeding tubes actually help people with degenerative dementia? In a new Cochrane review from London, doctors searched for evidence that this intervention was beneficial. … > full story : listen to Cochrane Library podcast

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