Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Tube Placement among elderly patients with dementia in the United States from the National inpatient sample

Tanureet KocharPragnesh J Patel


Background Placement of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in patients of advanced dementia has not been shown to improve nutritional status or mortality. The objective is to assess racial and socioeconomic disparities for PEG tube placement from National Inpatient Sample. Methods In a cross-sectional study, the National inpatient sample (NIS) registry was queried for all patients aged ≥ 70 who were diagnosed with dementia during the year 2016. Patients with dementia were identified using the Tenth revision (ICD-10) codes (F0150, F0151, F0280, F0281, F0390, F0391, G300, G301, G308, G309, G3109, G3183). Patients who received PEG tube were identified using ICD-10 diagnosis codes (Z431). Multivariable logistic regression models were utilized to determine the likelihood of PEG tube placement with adjustment for Patients demographics, socioeconomic factors, degree of frailty and comorbidities. Results Out of 1,745,028 patients with dementia, 35,075 patients had PEG tube placed. Majority of patients who received PEG tube were females (54.8%), of white race (45.5%) with a mean age of 82.3 years (SEM 0.02). Compared to controls, those who had PEG tube placement were more frail, had higher prevalence of chronic lung disease,...Continue Reading

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