Understanding and meeting patients’ nutrition and hydration needs and wishes is a key aspect of palliative care.

The issue of eating and drinking at this phase of illness can be complex and multifaceted. This can result in a great deal of stress for the patient and their family or carers.

This aspect of care must be handled sensitively and with confidence by all members of the multidisciplinary team.

Nutrition in Palliative Care webinars


In this series of four recorded webinars, Caroline Quilty, Specialist Palliative Care Dietitian at St Joseph's Hospice, addressed the key themes relating to nutrition for front line clinical colleagues and catering teams. Watch them for free, below.

1: Overview, definitions & case study

In the first webinar, Caroline Quilty from St. Joseph's Hospice gives an overview of the course, definitions of nutrition, and provides a case study for discussion. 

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2: Nutritional screening

This session explores nutritional screening, sharing examples and resources.

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3: The impact of cachexia

Caroline discusses the physical and psychosocial impact of cachexia.

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4: Treatment of poor appetite and weight loss

In the final session of the series, Caroline looks at the treatment of poor appetite and weight loss, and shares some useful resources for further study.

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