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Title: Definitions and clinical guidance on the enteral dependence component of the avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder diagnostic criteria in children
Authors: Dovey, T
Wilken, M
Martin, CI
Meyer, C
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, (2017)
Abstract: The aim of the current paper is to offer definitive guidance on weaning children who are reliant on nasogastric/gastrostomy feeding tubes. To date, no internationally recognised definitions or principles for interventions exist and clinics have been reliant on creating their own unique intervention criteria. To achieve the aim, two goals are set out within the current paper. The first goal was to definitively define the process of tube weaning. In order to achieve this, both tube dependency and oral eating also required definitions. It is necessary for these two additional definitions to fully understand the process of tube weaning and the transition that the child is making within these clinical interventions. The second goal of this paper was to propose a set of minimum measurement criteria within a tube weaning protocol so that different clinical practices and perspectives may be measured accurately. This would then allow outcomes from different clinical services to be compared for efficacy. The culmination of this paper is a set of five core principles that should govern clinics that adhere to the auspices of evidence-based practice. These principles, if adopted, will provide the basis of a set of internationally recognised criteria within this field of paediatric gastroenterology.
ISSN: 0148-6071
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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