Meal support therapy reduces the use of nasogastric feeding for adolescents hospitalized with anorexia nervosa

Eat Disord. Jul-Sep 2009;17(4):327-32. doi: 10.1080/10640260902991236.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess the impact of meal support therapy on the use of nasogastric feeding for adolescent patients hospitalized with Anorexia Nervosa. Charts of 21 adolescents (mean age 15.1 +/- 1.9 years) were reviewed. The incidence of nasogastric feeding was substantially reduced after the implementation of meal support therapy (67% versus 11% [p < .02]). No differences in length of stay, change in weight, or readmission rates were observed. Meal support therapy significantly reduces the use of nasogastric feeding on inpatient units treating children and adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diet therapy*
  • Anorexia Nervosa / epidemiology
  • Anorexia Nervosa / psychology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diet Therapy / methods*
  • Enteral Nutrition / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Inpatients / statistics & numerical data
  • Intubation, Gastrointestinal / methods*
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Weight Gain