RDs work with families to develop end-of-life nutrition plans

01/17/2013 | Today's Dietitian

Hospital dietitians use their knowledge of cultural diversity and communication methods such as teach-back or cue-based discussions with patients and families to determine nutrition therapies for end-of-life care, registered dietitian Denise Baird Schwartz writes. RDs can review medical records looking for advance directives that document care preferences, work as part of the care team to make ethical decisions about enteral and parenteral nutrition, and promote family discussions about end-of-life preferences, Schwartz writes.

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