In this prospective cohort of >35,000 nursing home patients, 5% had a feeding tube inserted within 1 year of eating problems. Neither the timing nor the insertion of the feeding tube affected mortality. There is no survival advantage of placing a feeding tube in dementia patients with eating problems (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.