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Nutrition in palliative care.
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PMID:  19966682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nutrition in palliative care and at the end of life should be one of the goals for improving quality of life. It is important to address issues of food and feeding at this time to assist in the management of troublesome symptoms as well as to enhance the remaining life. While this paper focuses upon the nutritional aspects of cancer in palliative care, the sentiments are applicable to other serious chronic illnesses such as advanced cardiac failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia. Cancer and its treatments exert a major impact upon physical and psychological reserves and at the end of life problems with appetite and the ability to eat and drink compound such impact. The aims of nutritional care minimize food-related discomfort and maximize food enjoyment. Identification of any nutritional problems can facilitate the employment of strategies which need to be discussed with the patient and their families and reviewed regularly as conditions change. Ethical questions will be raised concerning the provision of food and fluids to a person nearing the end of their life. Nurses need to acknowledge that food has greater significance than the provision of nutrients.
Sue Acreman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of community nursing     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1462-4753     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Community Nurs     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-07     Completed Date:  2010-01-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815827     Medline TA:  Br J Community Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  427-8, 430-1     Citation Subset:  N    
Cancer Rehabilitation, Velindre, NHS Trust.
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MeSH Terms
Dissent and Disputes
Energy Intake
Malnutrition / etiology,  prevention & control*
Neoplasms / complications,  prevention & control*,  psychology
Nurse's Role
Nutritional Status
Nutritional Support / ethics,  methods*,  psychology
Palliative Care / ethics,  methods*,  psychology
Patient Care Planning
Patient Selection
Quality of Life

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