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A necessary evil? the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging after stroke.

Horsburgh, Dorothy; Rowat, Anne M; Mahoney, Catherine M; Dennis, Martin S

Authors

Dorothy Horsburgh

Anne M Rowat

Martin S Dennis



Abstract

This study explores the perspectives of patients, relatives and carers on the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging following a stroke. The study was qualitative and involved focus groups with practitioners (n=3) and interviews with stroke patients (n=4) and relatives (n=4). Data were analysed using a grounded theory approach to identify key categories. The authors found that practitioners, patients and relatives viewed the use of interventions (e.g. hand mittens) to maintain nasogastric tube feeding in terms of benefits, harms and justice. The core category, linking all data, was ‘a necessary evil’, i.e. while interventions were undesirable their use as a final resort might be justified to maintain patients’ nutritional status post-stroke.

Citation

Horsburgh, D., Rowat, A. M., Mahoney, C. M., & Dennis, M. S. (2008). A necessary evil? the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging after stroke. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 4, (230-234). ISSN 1747-0307

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2008-05
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2012
Print ISSN 1747-0307
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Pages 230-234
Keywords Naso-gastric tube-tugging; stroke; patients; carers; interventions;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5077
Publisher URL http://www.bjnn.co.uk/teams.shtml