Decreasing Use of Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Tube Feeding for Veterans with Dementia - Racial Differences Remain

Ursula K Braun, Linda Raberneck, Laurence B McCullough, Diana L Urbauer, Nelda P Wray, David R Lairson & Rebecca J Beyth
OBJECTIVES: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement is a widely used method for long-term enteral feeding of demented patients unable to take sufficient food by mouth. National time trends in PEG tube use over the last decade have not been previously reported. The objective of this study was to determine whether use of PEG tubes for patients with dementia has changed over time and by race. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: All Veterans Affairs hospitals....
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