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Research Letter
August 16, 2016

Tube Feeding in US Nursing Home Residents With Advanced Dementia, 2000-2014

Author Affiliations
  • 1Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 3Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA. 2016;316(7):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.9374

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

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