Table 3

Experience of living with a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) among 104 patients who responded to a study specific questionnaire 2 months after insertion in relation to personal characteristics
Gender p# Age p# Marital status p# Education p# Diagnosis* p#
Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)
Total Male Female < 65 ≥ 65 Married Single Public/high school University Cancer Neuro-logical
104 (100) 67 (64) 37 (36) 54 (52) 50 (48) 62 (60) 31 (89) 62 (60) 31 (30) 79 (76) 23 (22)
Daily activity is limited due to the PEG #
No 84 (82) 60 (90) 24 (65) 43 (80) 41 (82) 52 (84) 23 (74) 52 (84) 23 (74) 64 (81) 19 (83)
Yes 19 (19) 7 (10) 13 (35) 11 (20) 8 (16) 9 (15) 8 (26) 9 (15) 8 (26) 14 (18) 4 (17)
Disturbed sleep
No 99 (95) 65 (97) 34 (92) 51 (94) 48 (96) 59 (95) 30 (97) 58 (94) 31 (100) 76 (96) 21 (91)
Yes 4 (4) 2 (3) 3 (8) 3 (6) 1 (2) 3 (5) 1 (3) 4 (6) 0 (0) 3 (4) 1 ( 4)
PEG feeding is time consuming #
No 62 (60) 44 (66) 18 (49) 35 (65) 27 (54) 39 (63) 17 (55) 43 (69) 13 (42) 46 (58) 15 (65)
Yes 36 (35) 20 (30) 16 (43) 15 (28) 23 (46) 19 (31) 12 (39) 14 (23) 17 (55) 27 (34) 8 (35)
Possibility to influence number of feeding times per day #
No 29 (28) 15 (22) 14 (38) 10 (19) 19 (38) 16 (26) 10 (32) 20 (32) 6 (19) 19 (24) 9 (39)
Yes 73 (70) 51 (76) 22 (59) 43 (80) 30 (60) 44 (71) 21 (68) 40 (52) 25 (81) 58 (73) 14 (61)
Confidence with self feeding
No 6 (6) 3 (4) 3 (8) 2 (4) 4 (8) 2 (3) 2 (6) 4 (6) 0 4 (5) 2 (9)
Yes 61 (59) 43 (64) 18 (49) 39 (72) 22 (44) 37 (60) 21 (68) 35 (56) 23 (74) 55 (70) 5 (22)
Daily feeding
Yes 84 (81) 51 (76) 33 (89) 40 (74) 44 (88) 49 (79) 24 (77) 47 (76) 26 (84) 61 (77) 21 (91)
No, more seldom 10 (10) 8 (12) 2 (5) 5 (9) 5 (10) 7 (11) 3 (10) 7 (11) 3 (10) 9 (12) 1 (4)
Interfere with your oral intake #
No 53 (51) 32 (48) 21 (57) 27 (50) 26 (52) 31 (50) 15 (48) 33 (53) 13 (42) 34 (43) 18 (78)
Yes 39 (38) 26 (39) 13 (35) 19 (35) 20 (40) 22 (35) 13 (42) 20 (32) 15 (48) 34 (43) 4 (17)
Satisfied with your PEG
No 20 (19) 12 (18) 8 (22) 12 (22) 8 (16) 9 (13) 9 (29) 11 (18) 6 (19) 17 (22) 3 (13)
Yes 76 (73) 51 (76) 25 (68) 38 (70) 38 (76) 49 (79) 20 (65) 46 (74) 23 (74) 55 (70) 19 (83)

No = a response of not at all or a little, Yes = a response of quite a bit or very much. Due to missing answers, the number/frequencies of patients does not always add up to 104/100%.

* There are two persons with other diagnoses that are not presented here, # Statistical significance tested with Fisher’s exact test. p < 0.05.

Martin et al.

Martin et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2012 12:126   doi:10.1186/1471-230X-12-126

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