Description An article from the American Academy of Family Physicians on the appropriateness of tube feeding in the case of advanced dementia patients. Here's part of the abstract from the article: "However, various studies have not shown use of feeding tubes to be effective in preventing malnutrition. Furthermore, they have not been demonstrated to prevent the occurrence or increase the healing of pressure sores, prevent aspiration pneumonia, provide comfort, improve functional status, or extend life. High complication rates, increased use of restraints, and other adverse effects further increase the burden of feeding tubes in severely demented patients. Feeding tubes should be avoided in many situations in which they are currently used. The preferable alternative to tube feeding is hand feeding."
Description University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Neurology and Huntington's Disease Support Groups host this page on tube feeding specifically as it relates to Huntington's Disease. It has very helpful information.
Description This page offers links to the positions of many major religions regarding the forgoing of tube feeding. There are also citations to source documents. Courtesy Jim Hoefler, professor of Political Science at Dickinson College
Description This is the main page for one of the best summaries on the various positions regarding tube feeding. It's secondary pages evaluate the medical, legal, religious, and ethical issues associated with the debate. Moreover, it also has a glossary of terms and a list of further resources. Put together by Jim Hoefler who is a professor of Political Science at Dickinson College.
Description This page is from TheRubins.com. It is a little dated at this time but it evaluates some of the important articles that came out around 2001. To see the first article in this series, GO HERE.
Description This article discusses tube feeding as relates to Parkinson's Disease. It is written by a Registered Dietician. The article relates the benefits of tube feeding for the person with Parkinsonism. We found this page disconcerting as it relates benefits of tube feeding without relating possible ethical and medical complications that may arise out of tube feeding. I feel certian that she is working with a population that can and does find benefit from tube feeding. There are some disease processes and situations where tube feeding is ideal. However, I have also known many patients with Parkinsonism for whom tube feeding was entirely inappropriate. They were, however, late stage patients.
Description This is an excerpt from the Handbook for Mortals. We do recommend that book. It has links to many questions that folks have about tube feeding. It would be very wise to read what is available here before agreeing to the insertion of a feeding tube.