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March 22/29, 2000

Tube Feeding in Patients With Advanced Dementia

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

JAMA. 2000;283(12):1563-1564. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1563

To the Editor: Dr Finucane and colleagues1 claim that tube feeding of patients with advanced dementia is a "widespread practice." Fortunately, this is a claim that I cannot make for my community. Mine is a geriatric practice, which includes a dedicated dementia unit at a local nursing home. Although tube feeding is often discussed with families, I cannot recall the last time this intervention was even seriously considered in such a patient.

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