Bereaved relatives’ perspectives of the patient’s oral intake towards the end of life: A qualitative study

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.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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