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Palliative care

Joan Webster-Gandy

Edited by Angela Madden and Michelle Holdsworth

in Oxford Handbook of Nutrition and Dietetics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199585823
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191730658 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199585823.003.0035

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

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Palliative care is the approach taken to provide comfort and quality of life to people with a life-threatening illness and their families. When curative treatment is not possible, palliative care should be implemented at an early stage in the disease process. The aim is to alleviate symptoms and to support physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. Although palliative care encompasses end of life care, it should be noted that many people live with an incurable condition for many months or years. Throughout this time, optimizing an individual's nutritional status is essential if physical function and quality of life are to be maintained....

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Subjects: Dietetics and Nutrition ; Palliative Medicine

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