Education following pediatric gastrostomy tube placement: An integrative review

Harleen Singh, Megan Morrison, Kimberly McIltrot

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Background: There is a gap in knowledge regarding the necessary components for pediatric gastrostomy tube education. This integrative review addresses the question “What are the educational components following pediatric gastrostomy placement?” Methods: A literature search was conducted using PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane Library electronic databases, along with a hand search. Articles for review included those in the pediatric population, English language, and publication dates between 2010 and 2020. Results: Ultimately, 7 articles met the inclusion criteria for review. Articles were all pediatric focused (0–18 years), and were a mix of quantitative and qualitative designs, along with one non-research paper. Three major themes were identified from the literature including that gastrostomy tube education should be a multidisciplinary effort, that education should take a standardized approach, and that it should include psychosocial elements that enhance caregiver knowledge and empowerment. Discussion: This review demonstrates that while there is no consensus on a superior mode or means of education, pediatric gastrostomy discharge education must be standardized and high quality to promote the best patient and caregiver outcomes. Further research should aim to address which forms of education, if any, lead to the best outcomes, and how education can best be delivered to promote caregiver knowledge and ease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-393
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
StatePublished - Nov 1 2021


  • Education
  • Gastrostomy
  • Patient discharge
  • Pediatric
  • Tube feeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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