The authors reported oral intake towards the end of life was considered important and is perceived as meaningful by relatives in different ways, such as nutritional value, enjoyment, social time, daily routine and a way of caring. Relatives recalled limited communication with health-care professionals concerning oral intake at the end of life. This study revealed the complexity of meaning relatives’ experiences with dying patients’ decreasing oral intake. Their perceptions and concerns were related to their awareness of the imminent death. These findings can guide staff involved in care delivery to better support relatives.
Raijmakers, Natasja JH, Clark, Jean B., Zuylen, Lia van, Allan, Simon G., and van der Heide, Agnes. (2013). Bereaved relatives’ perspectives of the patient’s oral intake towards the end of life: A qualitative study. Palliative Medicine, 27, 665-672.