YouTube as a source of information on blenderised tube feeding

Walsh, A., Bamkole, O. and Gerasimidis, K. (2022) YouTube as a source of information on blenderised tube feeding. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 74(4), pp. 541-545. (doi: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000003342) (PMID:34724449)

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Blenderised tube feeding (BTF) has become an increasingly popular method of nutrition support to long-term tube-fed patients mostly children. This study surveyed perceptions and experiences on BTF shared on YouTube. From 71 videos analysed, attitudes toward BTF were mostly positive (91%) and included psychosocial benefits and improvements in gastrointestinal symptoms; no differences between caregivers and healthcare professionals were observed. Very few speakers (8%) felt there was a lack of support regarding use of BTF in schools and from healthcare professionals, since it is not part of the standard clinical management protocols. The most commonly used food items in blends included carrots (n=16) and chicken (n=11), and experiences from those who have used BTF included tips on recipes for blends, storing feeds and ensuring nutritional adequacy. Analysis of YouTube content on BTF was considerably positive and suggests that BTF is feasible and safe way to provide nutrition to tube fed patients.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gerasimidis, Professor Konstantinos
Authors: Walsh, A., Bamkole, O., and Gerasimidis, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Publisher:Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN (Online):1536-4801
Published Online:28 October 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN 2021
First Published:First published Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 74(4): 541-545
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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