Tube Feeding for Terminally Ill Patients Drops More Than 50%

For those who have a spouse or parent with advanced dementia, a new national study has found that tube feeding for these terminally ill patients has dropped more than 50%. As reported in a recent New York Times article, it is becoming less controversial for surrogate decision-makers to decline tube feeding and rely on hand feeding. Now, families and physicians are beginning to understand the negative effects of feeding tubes for those patients with the terminal disease. Feeding tubes do not keep dementia patients alive longer, and they cut out the needed social interaction of hand feeding. Today, more and more terminally ill patients are focusing on end-of-life quality rather than just being kept alive.  Here is a link to the article. Enjoy!

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