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The present study was designed to analyze the demographic, epidemiological and nutritional profile of elderly patients assisted at the Home Enteral Nutrition Therapy (HENT) Program, of Secretaria de Estado de Saude -State Health Department - of Distrito Federal (SES/DF), Brazil; as well as to evaluate routes used for this therapy, based on the hypothesis that this therapy may potentially benefit the nutritional status of these patients and consequently their quality of life.
The collected variables corresponded to age, gender, clinical diagnosis, enteral route and nutritional status at the beginning of Home Enteral Nutrition Therapy.
This fact justifies the intervention through Enteral Nutrition Therapy and its being extended home, since it is not recommended that patients stay in hospital environment for the recovering of nutritional status through ENT, as it exposes patients to the risks of infectious complications, besides implying higher hospital expenses (25, 26).