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    Back to Module 10: Common Physical Symptoms
    Introduction to Common Physical Symptoms

    Introduction to Common Physical Symptoms
    Objectives of this Module

    Introduction to Common Physical Symptoms

    • Many symptoms are commonly encountered in patients with advanced illness
    • This module discusses the assessment and management of:
      • Breathlessness (dyspnea)
      • Nausea and vomiting
      • Constipation
      • Diarrhea
      • Loss of appetite (anorexia)/weight loss (cachexia)
      • Edema
      • Skin ulcers
      • Insomnia
      • Fatigue (asthenia)
    • Debilitating
    • Prevent the patient and family from either continuing their lives or completing life closure
    • Management tailored based on underlying etiology and pathophysiology
    • Several symptoms occur together and be interrelated--management may be complex
    • Working knowledge of therapy, drug interactions, and potential adverse effects necessary
      • Relieve suffering
      • Improve patient’s quality of life

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    Objectives of this Module

    • Know general guidelines for managing nonpain symptoms
    • Understand how the principles of intended/unintended consequences and double effect apply to symptom management
    • Know the assessment and management of common physical symptoms
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