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Feeding Tubes for People With Alzheimer’s (AGS, AAHPM)

Campaign Series: Choosing Wisely
Medical Category: Procedures
Article Type: Advice
Language: Plain English, Spanish
Affiliation: American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Geriatrics Society
Format: HTML, PDF
Most recent update: 05/01/2013
Most people in the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty eating and drinking. At this time, families may wonder if a patient needs a feeding tube. But feeding tubes sometimes do more harm than good. Here’s why.