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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 and Dennis, Martin S (2008) A necessary evil? the use of interventions to prevent nasogastric tube-tugging after stroke. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 4 (5). pp. 230-234. ISSN 1747-0307

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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.


Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1747-0307
Uncontrolled Keywords: Naso-gastric tube-tugging; stroke; patients; carers; interventions;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing > 610.73 Nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5077
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 15:17
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 15:17
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/5077

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