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Table 2 Comparison between before and after decision for tube feeding (n = 58)

From: Tube feeding decreases pneumonia rate in patients with severe dementia: comparison between pre- and post-intervention

  12 weeks before 12 weeks after t p
With tube feeding (n = 46)
 Obsevation days (mean ± S.D.) 70.3 ± 21.7 65.3 ± 24.0 1.124 0.267
 Pneumonia (number of bouts) 0.9 ± 0.9 0.4 ± 0.5 4.456 < 0.001
 Fever (days) 2.9 ± 4.3 1.9 ± 3.9 1.282 0.206
 Antibiotics (days) 11.8 ± 13.2 5.2 ± 7.4 3.308 0.002
Without tube feeding (n = 12)
 Obsevation days (mean ± S.D.) 68.6 ± 17.1 66.6 ± 22.1 0.248 0.809
 Pneumonia (number of bouts) 0.6 ± 0.7 0.7 ± 0.8 −0.266 0.795
 Fever (days) 1.5 ± 1.2 2.1 ± 3.1 −0.516 0.616
 Antibiotics (days) 1.4 ± 3.1 4.1 ± 7.0 −1.104 0.293
  1. S.D. standard deviation, Antibiotics intravenous antibiotics