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Gastrostomy tube feeding in children with developmental or acquired disorders: A longitudinal comparison on health care provision, and eating outcomes four years after gastrostomy
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Region Halland.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5499-7246
Department of Research and Development, Region Halland.
Mun-H-Center Orofacial Resource Center for Rare diseases, Public Dental Service.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9551-8686
2017 (English)In: Nutrition in clinical practice, ISSN 0884-5336Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Background: Studies on long-term feeding and eating outcomes in children requiring gastrostomy tube feeding (GT) are scarce. The aim was to describe children with developmental or acquired disorders receiving GT and to compare longitudinal eating and feeding outcomes. A secondary aim was to explore health care provision related to eating and feeding.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study reviewed medical records of children in one administrative region of Sweden, with GT placement between 2005 and 2012. Patient demographics, primary diagnoses, age at GT placement and professional health care contacts prior to and after GT placement were recorded and compared. Feeding and eating outcomes were assessed four years after GT placement.  

Results: The medical records of 51 children, 28 boys and 23 girls, were analysed and grouped according to “acquired” (n= 13) or “developmental” (n=38) primary diagnoses. Four years after GT placement, 67 per cent were still using GT. Only six of 37 (16%) children with developmental disorders transferred to eating all orally, as opposed to 10 of 11 (91%) children with acquired disorders. Children with developmental disorders were younger at the time of GT placement and displayed a longer duration of GT activity compared to children with acquired disorders.

Conclusions: This study demonstrates a clear difference between children with developmental or acquired disorders in duration of GT activity and age at GT placement. The study further shows that health care provided to children with GT is in some cases multidisciplinary, but primarily focuses on “feeding”, rather than “eating”.

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Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
nutrition, child, blenderized foods, enteral feeding, formulated food, multidisciplinary, pediatric
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35977OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-35977DiVA: diva2:1169476
Available from: 2017-12-27 Created: 2017-12-27 Last updated: 2018-01-03

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