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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | February 2015

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Role of nutrition in the final stages of palliative care

Role of nutrition in the final stages of palliative care
Nutrition

Article topics: Community nurses' experience, Nutrition, Palliative Care

This article examines and summarises the role of nutrition and the dietitian in the final stages of palliative care. The recent publication of One chance to get it right (NHS England, 2014), highlighted the need for a change in the approach to food and drink, especially when caring for those patients who are at the end of life. There is a clear need for documentation and formulation of clear, patient-centred and effective care plans, as it is vital that food and drink are offered, as long as it remains safe and is not harmful to the patient.