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Nursing issues
Palliative care nurses’ experiences caring for patients with eating deficiencies
  1. Terri Kean
  1. Faculty of Nursing (retired), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Ms Terri Kean, Faculty of Nursing (retired), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE C1E 1R1, Canada; tkean1965{at}

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Commentary on: Wallin V, Mattsson E, Omerov P, et al. Caring for patients with eating deficiencies in palliative care—registered nurses’ experiences: A qualitative study. Journal of Clinical Nursing [Internet]. 2021; 00:1–13 doi: 10.1111/jocn.16149

Implications for practice and research

  • Registered nurses (RNs) play a critical role in nutrition support therapy in palliative/end-of-life care settings.

  • Research to examine the beliefs, values and attitudes of RNs in addressing psychological distress of patients/families experiencing nutritional challenges may inform curricular changes, standards of care and caregiver interactions.


RNs provide essential care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses, yet many RNs feel ill-prepared to address ethical issues associated with this care including nutrition support therapy.1,2 In this study,3 Wallin et al examine the internal conflict RNs may experience with eating deficiencies in palliative and end-of-life care. RNs may struggle to understand their own values and beliefs in …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.