'I'm just not interested in eating': When nutrition becomes an issue in palliative care

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Coping with issues of hydration and nutrition are central when caring for a person at any stage of a life threatening or limiting illness. Particularly as death approaches, many practical and ethical issues may arise in consideration about how a person should be supported in assisting their nutrition and hydration. Support and education of the person themselves, their family and carers is vital in this process. This paper will use a case study and a take longitudinal view of illness, in addressing the nursing aspects of assisting a person's nutrition, firstly in the early stages of illness and then in considering nutritional needs in care towards the end of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Care at the end of life
  • Nursing support
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Palliative care

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