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People who feel they are near the end of their life often consciously refuse food and/or water. Published studies indicate that "within the context of adequate palliative care, the refusal of food and fluids does not contribute to suffering among the terminally ill", and might actually contribute to a comfortable passage from life: "At least for some persons, starvation does correlate with reported euphoria."
Psychological issues behind such a decisionEdit
- ↑ Patient Refusal of Nutrition and Hydration: Walking the Ever-Finer Line American Journal Hospice & Palliative Care, pp. 8-13, March/April 1995
- END-OF-LIFE Nutrition Brochure at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association website
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