Date of Award

Spring 1986

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this essay was to determine the psychosocial effects, as well as the ethical implications, of long-term enteral therapy upon patients. A review of the literature revealed that much of the focus within the health professions has been upon the physiological effects of such advanced technologies. Patients on long-term nutritional support have often ·been neglected in terms of their non-technological needs. A study of the responses of three hospitalized patients sustained by long-term enteral feedings is presented and confirms the literature findings. Based upon the needs of these selected patients as determined by observation, interview, and assessment, the implications for nursing practice and research are presented.

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