Curr Health Sci J, vol. 39, no. 3, 2013

Patient`s Nutrition in Palliative Care: Ethical Values



General Nursing Department, Faculty of Nursing and Midwives, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova


Diet is inseparable from the concept of life. When this function cannot be physiologically done by the patient receiving palliative care, may she always be replaced by invasive medical therapy? What are the benefits of nutrition and hydration in terminally ill patients versus the risks posed by this type of intervention? This issue is dealing with the representations related to life, death and health. Parenteral nutrition can be justified medically and ethically, in the same extent?

nutrition , artificial alimentation , ethical principles , ethical dilemmas

Adriana Iliescu, M.D., University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Faculty of Nursing and Midwives, No.2, Petru Rares Str., Craiova 200349, Romania

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.39.03.11 - Download PDF