Doctors' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Enteral Feeding and Eating Problems in Advanced Dementia

Boris Punchik, Elena Komissarov, Vladimir Zeldez, Tamar Freud, Tali Samson, Yan Press

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Abstract

Background: The use of feeding tubes (FTs) in patients with advanced dementia does not yield positive health outcomes and can have a negative effect. Methods: A cross-sectional study assessed the knowledge and attitudes of physicians on the use of FTs for patients with advanced dementia. Results: 201 of 240 doctors (83.8%) participated in the study; 61.7% of the doctors claimed that FTs prevent aspiration, 51.7% that they prevent pneumonia, and 38.8% that they prevent weight gain. Almost one-third (32.3%) said that the decision to use FTs could be taken by a hospitalist or a primary physician (28.9%). Conclusion: We found large gaps in knowledge among doctors about the use of FTs and consequences in patients with advanced dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-276
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2018

Keywords

  • Advanced dementia
  • Doctor's attitudes
  • Eating problems
  • Feeding tube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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