• Vol. 44 No. 12, 558–560
  • 15 December 2015

Artificial Hydration at the End of Life – Treating the Patient, Family or Physician?

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The debate surrounding the provision of artificial hydration at the end of life continues to provoke impassioned arguments on both sides of this position, particularly in light of a lack of conclusive evidence for either position. The situation is further complicated by variances in practice locally as well as globally, which is both physician- and setting-dependent, individualised to the patient and family caregivers.

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