Nutrition Support for End of Life: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
This continuing education course reviews the use of (ANH) in the end-of-life setting, describes its potential risks and benefits, and discusses ethical considerations regarding withholding or withdrawing ANH as part of an individualized palliative care plan.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) are not responsible for the provider’s interpretation of the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession or its enforcement as it relates to the scenarios and content presented in this activity.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Define the four pillars of medical ethics to consider artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) medically ethical and justified.
- Discuss the potential risks and benefits of ANH in end-of-life care.
- Identify cultural, personal, and ethical issues surrounding ANH.
- Address and dispel common misconceptions surrounding nutrition, hydration, and ANH at end of life.
Natalie Sexton, MS, RDN, CSR, LD, is a registered dietitian, health coach, and freelance writer based in the northeast Texas area.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR