End of Life Care : GoErie.com: Terminal Starvation Not Painful
Posted by Chapster on Sep-06-2003 (4733 reads)

(GoErie.com) - One of the major moral questions that many families have to address in caring for aging loved ones is the use of feeding tubes or to allow their loved one to die naturally and as a result of the disease process. This article on GoErie.com addresses this question. Indeed, it points to further evidence that the use of forced feeding actually decreases comfort, while not feeding increases comfort level.

Indeed, it points to further evidence that the use of forced feeding actually decreases comfort, while not feeding increases comfort level. Notably, it cites the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, June 2003 article, Withholding Nutrition at the End of Life: Clinical and Ethical Issues. In that article, the authors wisely comment that it is often helpful to assist the family to focus on the disease process as the impending cause of death, not the feared starvation.

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