Evaluation of a discharge education protocol for pediatric patients with gastrostomy tubes.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the impact of a preprocedure education protocol for children who receive a gastrostomy tube (GT). METHODS: A preintervention-postintervention design, using surveys and comparison between preprotocol and postprotocol cohorts, was used to evaluate the effect of implementation of a standardized GT education protocol with 26 subjects on caregiver, patient, and provider outcomes. RESULTS: The use of a preprocedure education protocol resulted in improved patient outcomes and increased caregiver knowledge and confidence and was considered a positive change by the providers. DISCUSSION: Often education is a forgotten part of a medical procedure, and the importance of education is typically only recognized after an adverse event occurs. Establishing a standardized evidence-based education protocol for GT care improves overall care and satisfaction. Use of a systematic and family-centered interdisciplinary approach markedly improves patient care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Schweitzer, M; Aucoin, J; Docherty, SL; Rice, HE; Thompson, J; Sullivan, DT

Published Date

  • September 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 420 - 428

PubMed ID

  • 24582896

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-656X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.pedhc.2014.01.002


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States