Good care at the end of life, not hastening deathBMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39577.425544.3A (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1085
- Lulu Kreeger, consultant palliative medicine
- 1Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Princess Alice Hospice, Esher KT10 8NA
Treloar misunderstands the fundamental premise of the Liverpool care pathway (LCP).1 A patient is put on the pathway only once it is recognised they are dying imminently, within hours to a few days.2 The evidence does not support that artificial hydration or nutrition has a role to ease symptoms and suffering and may, in fact, add to it.3
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