End-of-life Care:  - RD174

End-of-life Care:

Is PEG Tube Feeding Appropriate?

by Elizabeth (Liz) Kahrs Friedrich, MPH, RD, CSG, LDn, FAND
(4.4 / 255 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

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Tube feeding has been used for decades to provide nutrition and hydration to those who cannot or will not eat or drink enough to maintain nutrition and/or hydration status. The decision to place a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube can be difficult for both patients and providers. In recent years, evidence-based practice has identified the risks and benefits of PEG tube feedings. The use of feeding tubes can be beneficial for some patients; however, in many cases the risks of tube feeding may outweigh the benefits. Tube feeding is not without medical risk and can have a negative effect on quality of life. Patients and providers should evaluate a patient’s prognosis and goals for treatment carefully, and discuss the risks and benefits of PEG tube placement with each patient prior to initiating a placement.


The goal of this continuing education module is to update registered dietitian nutritionists, dietary managers, and other healthcare professionals on the risks and benefits of PEG tube placement and how to decide if a patient is a candidate for PEG placement. After studying the material presented here, you should be able to:
  • List medical conditions where tube feeding can be beneficial for adults
  • State the risks associated with tube feeding
  • Discuss the factors that influence a decision to place a feeding tube

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 1050, 4190, 5000, 5040, 5100, 5430 and performance indicators of 1.1.1, 1.1.6, 1.3.4, 4.1.1.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This course is approved for continuing education clock hours by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) starting 12/30/2013. Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Course Originally Released on: 12/3/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/20/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/20/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Melina D - Bucyrus, OH  ·  Dec 06, 2017
Good resource and information.
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Kelly P - Jonesboro, AR  ·  Oct 24, 2017
Information relative to both tube feeding and end-of-life care
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AMANDA R - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Sep 20, 2017
great course on end of life and nutrition.
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Janice T - Atlanta, GA  ·  Sep 01, 2017
Great topic, current information, presented well
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Sierra A - Dawsonville, GA  ·  Jul 31, 2017
this is sometimes relevant to my job
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