Artificial nutrition and hydration in the last week of life in cancer patients. A systematic literature review of practices and effects.

@article{Raijmakers2011ArtificialNA,
  title={Artificial nutrition and hydration in the last week of life in cancer patients. A systematic literature review of practices and effects.},
  author={Natasja J H Raijmakers and Lia van Zuylen and Massimo Costantini and Augusto T Caraceni and Joan Clark and Gunilla Lundquist and Raymond Voltz and John Ellershaw and Agnes van der Heide},
  journal={Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology},
  year={2011},
  volume={22 7},
  pages={1478-86}
}
BACKGROUND The benefits and burdens of artificial nutrition (AN) and artificial hydration (AH) in end-of-life care are unclear. We carried out a literature review on the use of AN and AH in the last days of life of cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS We systematically searched for papers in PubMed, CINAHL, PsycInfo and EMBASE. All English papers published between January 1998 and July 2009 that contained data on frequencies or effects of AN or AH in cancer patients in the last days of life… CONTINUE READING
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