Home parenteral nutrition: a systematic review


The objective of this review was to locate, appraise and summarise evidence from scientific studies in order to answer research questions on the current use, effectiveness and cost effectiveness of home parenteral nutrition and to inform the commissioning of future research.


The use of home parenteral nutrition for benign intestinal failure is supported by evidence from the scientific studies located. There are, however, large gaps in the evidence, particularly relating to the use of home parenteral nutrition in malignant disease and AIDS.

Conducted by: DM Richards1, JJ Deeks2, TA Sheldon3, JL Shaffer1

1. University of Manchester Intestinal Failure Unit, Hope Hospital; 2. Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford; 3. NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

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Project page on HTA Programme website


Richards DM, Deeks JJ, Sheldon TA, Shaffer JL. Home parenteral nutrition: a systematic review. Health Technol Assess. 1997;1(1):1-59


Commissioned by the HTA Programme