University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Pilot Study of Feeding Tube Education Using a Graphic-Based Course

Lauren Johnson, MD; Theresa Maatman, MD

WMJ. 2022;121(1):64-67

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Background: Residents receive little formal education about feeding tubes; however, patients experience fewer complications if a formal feeding tube curriculum is implemented.

Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate a graphics-based course for internal medicine residents.

Methods: Internal medicine residents participated in a new course on feeding tube placement and management. Surveys administered before and after the course assessed resident comfort level with the material.

Results: Based on a 10-point Likert scale, mean improvement in comfort level for 4 scenarios was 1.69, 2.13, 2.44, and 3.07 points (P < 0.001 for all). Ninety-four percent of participants reported the graphics were helpful.

Conclusion: The new course significantly improved resident comfort level regarding feeding tube placement and management. The use of graphics played a role in increasing residents’ understanding.

Author Affiliations: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Johnson, Maatman).
Corresponding Author: Lauren Johnson, MD, 9200 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53226-3596; email; ORCID ID 0000-0002-3988-9359.
Acknowledgements: William Berger, MD, provided support in developing the educational content of the intervention.
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Support: None declared.
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