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Evid Based Nurs 8:117 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.4.117
  • Treatment

Timing and route of enteral tube feeding did not affect death or combined death or poor outcome in stroke and dysphagia

Timing and method of enteral tube feeding (ETF) in stroke and dysphagia*

Study Comparisons Outcomes at 6 mo Event rates RRR (95% CI) NNT
*PEG  =  percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy; NG  =  nasogastric. Other abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR, RRI, NNT, NNH, and CI calculated from data in article.
1 Early initiation of ETF v no ETF for ⩾7 d Death 42% v 48% 12% (−2 to 24) Not significant
Death or poor outcome 79% v 80% 1% (−5 to 8) Not significant
RRI (CI) NNH
2 ETF by PEG v ETF by NG tube Death 49% v 48% 2% (–19 to 28) Not significant
Death or poor outcome 89% v 81% 10% (−1 to 21) Not significant

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