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Integration of palliative, supportive, and nutritional care to alleviate eating-related distress among advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their family members

Amano, Koji, Baracos, Vickie.E and Hopkinson, Jane 2019. Integration of palliative, supportive, and nutritional care to alleviate eating-related distress among advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their family members. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology 143 , pp. 117-123. 10.1016/j.critrevonc.2019.08.006
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Abstract

Advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their families can suffer from eating-related distress. This complex entity encompasses patients’ struggle to nourish themselves, emotional and social consequences of their inability to maintain food intake, and profound disturbance in family relationships. With evidence-based nutritional care, as well as symptom management to enable food intake, cachexia can be mitigated to some degree. In addition, patients and families require psychosocial support and education to understand and cope with this condition. Only by taking an integrated approach can health care teams alleviate eating-related distress, improve quality of life (QOL), reduce interpersonal conflicts, and alter perceptions of nutritional neglect for patients and families. However, few studies have investigated eating-related distress among patients and families. The aim of this narrative review is to describe what is known about eating-related distress and the roles of integrated palliative, supportive, and nutritional care in improving QOL of patients and families.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1040-8428
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 October 2019
Date of Acceptance: 27 August 2019
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 12:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/126323

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