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  • Introduction
  • 1. Advance Care Planning
  • 2. Communicating Bad News
  • 3. Whole Patient Assessment
  • 4. Pain Management
  • 5. Assisted Suicide Debate
  • 6. Anxiety, Delirium
  • 7. Goals of Care
  • 8. Sudden Illness
  • 9. Medical Futility
  • 10. Common Symptoms
  • 11. Withholding Treatment
  • 12. Last Hours of Living
  • 13. Cultural Issues
  • 14. Religion, Spirituality
  • 15. Legal Issues
  • 16. Social and Psychological
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    Back to Module 10: Common Physical Symptoms
    Important Questions About Common Physical Symptoms

    Important Questions About Common Physical Symptoms

    • During advanced illness, pain management appropriately receives a great deal of attention and emphasis
    • However, most patients suffer from other symptoms besides pain
    • These symptoms can be more distressing than pain
    • If unrelieved, symptoms preclude any possibility of relieving psychological, social, and spiritual suffering, improving quality of life, or completing life closure
    • Misconceptions about symptom control
      • Assumption that symptoms simply are clues to lead to diagnoses

      • Assumption that symptoms will improve as the disease gets better
    • Lack of understanding of associated pathophysiology, appropriate pharmacology, or therapeutic interventions to relieve suffering from symptoms
    • Misconceptions and lack of understanding about the potential risks, interactions, or adverse effects of appropriate medications contributes to poor control of symptoms
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