Comparison of eligible randomized patients with two groups of ineligible patients: can the results of the VA Total Parenteral Nutrition clinical trial be generalized?


The recently reported VA Cooperative Study "A Randomized Clinical Trial of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) in Malnourished Surgical Patients" randomized 395 pre-operative patients to TPN treatment or control. The study concluded that the use of perioperative TPN should be limited to the most severely malnourished patients. The study also followed 233… (More)


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