Artificial Hydration at the End of Life

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Abstract

Initiation or continuation of artificial hydration (AH) at the end of life requires unique considerations. A combination of ethical precedents and medical literature may provide clinical guidance on how to use AH at the end of life. The purpose of this review is to describe the ethical framework for and review current literature relating to the indications, benefits, and risks of AH at the end of life. Provider, patient, and family perspectives will also be discussed.

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