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Management of Common Symptoms in Terminally Ill Patients

The management of pain and other distressing symptoms is a key component of both palliative and hospice care. It is also a key requirement of both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission. However, many terminally ill patients do not receive high-quality pain and symptom management.

The Institute of Medicine has identified end-of-life care as a priority area to improve the quality of healthcare. This designation is based, in part, on identified gaps in pain control in advance cancer. In order to provide high quality care, hospice nurses and home health nurses who provide palliative care must have an understanding of the needs of terminally ill patients. This course will provide you with the information you need to successfully manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for your terminally ill patients.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the most common symptoms experienced by terminally ill patients
  • Relate symptom management to quality of life, through palliative/hospice care.
  • Explain the importance of patient assessment, as it relates to positive experiences through palliative/hospice care.
  • Identify appropriate nursing interventions for the 6 most common symptoms experienced by terminally ill patients, in order to improve patient care.