Recommendation ID

Enteral nutrition support:- What specific clinical and non-clinical factors allow risk stratification when selecting which people with CUADT would benefit from short- or long-term enteral nutrition?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Outcomes of interest include resource use, morbidity of tube placement, duration of enteral feeding and nutritional status. There are no nationally agreed selection criteria for the type of feeding tube placed at diagnosis for people who need enteral nutrition support during curative treatment. Variation across the UK exists as a result of clinician-led practices and local policy. The systematic review by NICE in 2015 found some evidence but no specific list was identified because of limitations with study design, and inability to stratify clinical and non-clinical factors meaningfully. These factors included restricted populations for tumour staging, patient demographics, treatment plan and intent, definitions of malnutrition, timing and method of tube placement, and duration of enteral nutrition.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract: assessment and management in people aged 16 and over
Date issued
February 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 29/02/2016