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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

The Cochrane Collaboration; NHS Executive, South East Region, Research and Knowledge Management Directorate (UK)
Gastrostomy Feeding Versus Oral Feeding Alone for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Sleigh, G., Sullivan, P. B., et al. (2004).
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(2).

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality N/A
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a review of randomized controlled trials investigating the effect of gastrostomy feeding as compared to oral feeding for children with feeding/swallowing difficulties secondary to cerebral palsy.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Children and adolescents up to the age of 16 years with cerebral palsy and feeding difficulties who were fed orally prior to study.

Intervention/Assessment: Delivery of nutrition via a gastrostomy or jejunostomy tube.

Number of Studies Included: 0

Years Included: 1980 - 2003



  • Treatment
    • Swallowing
      • Tube Feeding
        • No controlled trials comparing the delivery of nutrition via a tube feeding and oral feeding were found.
        • Lack of evidence does not support or refute the effectiveness of treatment.

Keywords: Cerebral Palsy, Tube Feeding

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Added to Compendium: January 2012

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