Hospice News April 12, 2024
Holly Vossel

Hospice providers navigate various challenges when addressing unmet needs and goals of care among patients with severe enduring anorexia nervosa.

Also referred to as terminal anorexia, the diagnosis and care for this condition can be a controversial topic to both define and address, according to Dr. Ingrid Berg, palliative medicine physician at CHI Health, an affiliate of Creighton University Medical Center.

Issues around defining criteria for terminal anorexia can complicate end-of-life experiences among patients and families, Berg said at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) Annual Assembly.

“Anorexia nervosa is one of many behavioral conditions that can manifest in a severe and persistent disturbance in eating habits and impacts...

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