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Families need to know more about feeding tubes for elderly dementia patients
Date:5/5/2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] Despite evidence that feeding tubes do not improve survival rates or quality of life for elderly patients with advanced dementia, their frequency of use varies widely across the states. A new survey of family members finds that discussions surrounding the decision to place feeding tubes surgically are often inadequate.

Advanced dementia is a terminal illness that often affects a patient's ability to eat. In prior research, Joan Teno, professor of community health at Brown University, has documented a striking variation in feeding tube insertion rates.

To gain insight into the decision process and how it is informed by doctors, Teno and colleagues led a five-state survey regarding feeding tube insertion with family members of elderly patients who had advanced dementia. The results, published online in advance by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, will appear in the May 13 print issue.

"Our results suggest that in these states with a high rate of feeding tube insertion we need to improve decision making so that the decision to insert a feeding tube is based on a process that elicits and respects patient's wishes," said Teno, the paper's lead author.

Among the study's key findings:

  • 13.7 percent of family members who said their family member received a feeding tube stated that medical providers inserted the tube without discussing it first;
  • 11.2 percent said they felt pressured by the physician to put in a feeding tube;
  • 38.2 percent believed that that physician was strongly in favor of feeding tube insertion;
  • 41.6 percent of the time the discussion regarding feeding tube insertion lasted less than 15 minutes;
  • 39.3 percent did not discuss the risks of feeding tubes.

The study sample size was 486 people in five states, mostly sons and daughters who were either the persons named in an advance directive or were
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Contact: David Orenstein
david_orenstein@brown.edu
401-863-1862
Brown University
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