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Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer

Hopkinson, Jane B. ORCID: 2008. Carers' influence on diets of people with advanced cancer. Nursing Times 104 (12) , pp. 28-29.

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BACKGROUND: The Macmillan weight and eating studies 2003-2007 are investigating ways of helping people with advanced cancer live with symptoms of weight loss and loss of appetite. These can cause distress for both patients and carers, and can be a source of conflict between them. AIM: To examine a specific cause of distress (healthy-eating messages), and the implications for nursing practice. METHOD: Data for this article is taken from a mixed method exploratory case study carried out in 2003 and a pilot study for a trial in 2005. RESULTS: Carers are committed to helping patients and believe it is important to encourage them to eat. However, the influence of healthy-eating messages can lead to inappropriate feeding and cause distress for both groups. CONCLUSION: Nurses can help by assessing carers’ concerns about patients’ eating habits and providing information about eating well in advanced cancer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Nursing Times
ISSN: 0954-7762
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:20

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