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Redefining Comfort Measures: Communicating About Life Support, Artificial Hydration, and Nutrition 

Redefining Comfort Measures: Communicating About Life Support, Artificial Hydration, and Nutrition
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Redefining Comfort Measures: Communicating About Life Support, Artificial Hydration, and Nutrition
Author(s):

Dawn M. Gross

, Nancy Clifton-Hawkins

, and Mariela Gallo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190201708.003.0034
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date: 27 January 2020

This chapter discussesdiscussing the removal of life support, artificial nutrition, and hydration and the way individual moral and ethical standards influence how a healthcare provider communicates about these issues with patients and family members. Medical technology has blurred the guidelines on how far healthcare providers should go in treating a terminally ill patient. However, with communication knowledge and understanding, healthcare providers can begin to rewrite the conversations they have with patients and their families. Along the way, they can instill trust, compassion, empathy, and gratitude in their patient relationships and redefine what providing comfort means at the end of life.

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