Table 1

Inclusion and exclusion criteria for identifying relevant studies via search strategies

Inclusion criteriaExclusion criteria
PN
People over 16 years of age with inoperable MBO.
Receiving PN via a central venous catheter as destination palliative treatment.
Treatment with curative intent.
Receiving PN through a peripheral vein.
Receiving only intravenous fluids.
Receiving enteral feeding alongside PN not deemed for quality of life.
Patients were <16 years old.
PN was administered preoperatively, peri-operatively or postoperatively to assess complications related to surgery.
PVG
People over 16 years of age with inoperable MBO.
Receiving gut decompression via a PVG tube or nasogastric tube as destination palliative treatment.
Studies that include patients with both benign and malignant diseases if the results were reported separately for each group.
Treatment with curative intent.
Patients were <16 years old.
PVG insertion for decompression in non-malignant disease.
  • MBO, malignant bowel obstruction; PN, parenteral nutrition; PVG, palliative venting gastrostomies.