A narrative literature review has investigated tube feeding in persons with advanced dementia, offering a comprehensive and unbiased attempt to achieve a balanced assessment of the perceived benefits and common disadvantages of such interventons, in broad terms of quality of life, costs and survival rates.
“Tube feeding neither stops dementia disease progression nor prevents imminent death. Each decision for feeding tube placement in individuals with advanced dementia should be made on a case-by-case basis and involve a multidisciplinary team… ”.
Ijaopo, EO. [and] Ijaopo, R. (2019). Tube feeding in individuals with advanced dementia: a review of its burdens and perceived benefits. Journal of Aging Research. December 19th 2019. [Epub ahead of print].