End of Life Nutrition
As seen on Nightline! The book, A Good Death, was written by a medical writer after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was finished by her husband after her death. They had been interviewed on the Nightline TV program during the Teri Shiavo controversy and the segment was so compelling, it attracted nationwide attention and a second show was aired as a follow-up. Read it as a case study on end-of-life care and empowerment to patients and caregivers. Read the monograph by Sarah Laidlaw, MS, RD for detailed nutrition therapy when cure or recovery is not possible and the patient wants to die a good, more comfortable death. All three authors are strong advocates for hospice care.
2 Part Test:
- A Good Death Book
- (1000) Professional skills
- (1050) Ethics
- (3000) Nutrition assessment & Diagnosis
- (3040) Food consumption, fluid balance
- (3050) Feeding, swallowing, dentition
- (3070) Pharmacological, drug/nutrient, herbal interaction
- (4000) Wellness and public health
- (4190) Elderly nutrition
- (5000) Medical Nutrition Therapy
- (5100) Elderly
- (5150) Cancer
- (5280) Nutrient deficiencies, Failure to thrive
- (5380) Wound care
- (5390) Care planning, documentation, and evaluation
- (5400) Case management
- (5430) End of life care
- (6000) Education, Training, and Counseling
- (6070) Interviewing and listening skills
Suggested Performance Indicators: 2.1.3, 6.1.2, 6.1.9, 8.1.2
Upon successful completion of this self-study course, the users will be able to:
1. Discuss the physiology of dying and how food and fluid play roles in that process.
2. Identify ways to create palliative care for end of life patients in addition to pain medications.
3. Better assess the patients’ needs and determine appropriate nutrition therapy intervention for patients.
- Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)
- Dietetics Technician Registered (DTR/NDTR)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Integrative & Functional Nutrition Academy Professional