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Br J Nurs. 1998 Jun 25-Jul 8;7(12):723-9.

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy: psychological effects.

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North Downs Community Health Trust.


A mainly qualitative study, with some quantitative measurement tools, was undertaken to explore the psychological effects of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding on both patients and carers. A significant level of depression and stress was found in patients whose lifestyle had changed greatly; this was due partly to having to use a PEG and part to the underlying disease. Patients were, at the same time, grateful for the benefits to their nutritional state of having a PEG. A high level of stress was experienced by the relatives of patients whose functional and/or mental abilities had significantly changed for the worse and who had had a PEG tube placed. A need for more initial factual information and for ongoing practical and psychological support for both patients and carers was identified.

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