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EBP Compendium: Summary of Clinical Practice Guideline

National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care; National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Nutrition Support for Adults: Oral Nutrition Support, Enteral Tube Feeding and Parenteral Nutrition

National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care. (2006).
London (UK): National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care, 176 pages.

AGREE Rating: Highly Recommended


This evidence-based guideline provides recommendations for managing malnutrition in adults. These guidelines are intended to inform a variety of healthcare professionals as well as patients and caregivers. Several recommendations specific to dysphagia management are provided. 


  • Treatment
    • Swallowing
      • Tube Feeding - “In the acute setting, for example following stroke, people unable to swallow safely or take sufficient energy and nutrients orally should have an initial 2-4 week trial of nasogastric enteral tube feeding. Healthcare professionals with relevant skills and training in the diagnosis, assessment, and management of swallowing disorders should assess the prognosis and options for future nutrition support” (level A) (p. 119). 

Keywords: Swallowing Disorders; Tube Feeding

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Added to Compendium: November 2011

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