Nutritional care: steps to support patients with eating and drinking difficulties

We explain the latest guidance on assessment and care, especially for those at the end of life

We explain the latest guidance on optimal assessment and care, especially for patients at the end of life

  • Increasingly complex problems and an older population present new challenges in decision-making regarding nutrition and hydration
  • Factors that affect eating and drinking, and what to consider when assessing your patient
  • How ethics and the law influence decisions regarding capacity, and how to use the RCP guidance to improve your practice

Sarah is 68 years old and was diagnosed with dementia two years ago. She lives at home where she seems quite happy and mobilises freely.

But she has lost 30% of her body weight in the past six months and there


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