Is there a role for hydration at the end of life?

Shalini Dalal, Egidio Del Fabbro, Eduardo Bruera

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Areas of future research should include patients at various stages of the illness trajectory and involve noncancer illnesses. Appropriately powered, randomized, doubleblind studies of hydration are awaited. Till then, the recommendation is to individualize hydration decisions and include participation of patient/families and other disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Artificial hydration
  • Hydration at end of life
  • Hypodermoclysis
  • Terminal illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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