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Over the last 2 decades, research has failed to demonstrate benefits of tube feeding in patients with advanced dementia.1,2 Expert opinion and position statements by national organizations increasingly advocate against this practice.3 This study was conducted to describe feeding tube insertion rates from 2000-2014 among US nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Racial disparities were examined because black race has been strongly associated with greater feeding tube use.4
Mitchell SL, Mor V, Gozalo PL, Servadio JL, Teno JM. Tube Feeding in US Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia, 2000-2014. JAMA. 2016;316(7):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9374