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Summary of Systematic Review

The Impact of Child Tube Feeding on Maternal Emotional State and Identity: A Qualitative Meta-Analysis
Wilken, M. (2012).
Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27(3), 248-55.

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim 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 Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible No
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

This is a meta-analysis of qualitative literature investigating the impact of a child's tube feeding on the emotional state of the mother and maternal identity development.

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Question/aim not specifically stated.

Mothers of children who are tube fed.

Not applicable.
Number of Studies Included:

Years Included:


  • Treatment

    • Tube Feeding – Patient Perspective

      • "Overall, tube feeding is associated more with increased stressful or traumatic experience, a decrease in normalcy, and negative impacts upon the motherhood constellation themes than with improvements in the mother-child relationship, freedom from feeding battles, or improvements in the child's medical situation" (p. 252).

Sponsoring Body:
Not stated.

Swallowing Disorders, Tube Feeding

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