Nasogastric tube feeding under restraint: understanding the impact and improving care
Fuller, S., Tan, J., & Nicholls, D. (2023). Nasogastric tube feeding under restraint: Understanding the impact and improving care. BJPsych Bulletin, 1-5.
Nasogastric tube feeding under physical restraint is an intervention that clinicians working in specialist mental health in-patient units may need to implement. Aims To examine the impact of this intervention on people with lived experience, carers and staff. Method People with lived experience and parents and/or carers were recruited via UK eating disorder charity Beat. Clinicians were recruited via the British Eating Disorders Society's research forum. Qualitative semi-structured interviews were conducted and transcribed, and the results were thematically analysed. Results Thirty-six participants took part, and overlapping themes were identified. All participants spoke in relation to four themes: (a) the short-term impact on the patient; (b) the impact on those around the patient; (c) the long-term impact; and (d) the positive impact. Subthemes were identified and explored. Conclusion This lifesaving intervention can also negatively affect patients, parents and carers, peers and staff. Further research is needed to understand how interactions and environmental modifications can mitigate the negative impacts.
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