In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Symptom management: the medical perspective

Symptom management: the medical perspective
Ahamed Ashique John Costello

Learning Outcomes

  • Become aware of how the patients’ symptoms are managed from a medical perspective
  • Recognise some of the common symptoms and different forms of treatment
  • Consider the role of the palliative care physician in providing effective palliative and end of life care for the patient and their family

Introduction

Palliative medicine is an interdisciplinary specialty focused on improving the quality of life for people with life-limiting medical illness. As a specialty, it is also concerned with supportive care which attempts to prevent and manage the iatrogenic effects of the illness from diagnosis through to end of life care. This requires a careful assessment of the complications of the illness, ...

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