Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow
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.
Udell JL. Tube Feeding in Patients With Advanced Dementia. JAMA. 2000;283(12):1563-1564. doi:10.1001/jama.283.12.1563-JLT0322-3-1