Palliative Care of GI Issues at the End of Life

  • John M. Heath
  • Elizabeth Poplin


The terminal phase of many chronic GI conditions in the elderly requires careful attention to symptom management. Palliative care provides both a framework, centered on function, and techniques to address common issues such as anorexia, constipation, and intestinal obstruction. Such interventions are not necessarily focused solely on survival but rather on patient well-being during end-of-life care. In this respect, palliative care shares many goals of care with hospice, though unlike hospice, palliative care can be appropriate throughout the course of an illness.


Palliative Care Family Caregiver Palliative Care Team Malignant Bowel Obstruction Stimulant Laxative 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Heath
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Poplin
    • 2
  1. 1.Summit Medical GroupBerkeley HeightsUSA
  2. 2.The Cancer Institute of New JerseyRobert Wood Johnson University HospitalNew BrunswickUSA

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