Assessing and Managing Symptoms in Palliative Care
Palliative care offers care and support to individuals, and those close to them, with a wide range of life limiting conditions, including: cancers; end-stage cardiac, respiratory and renal disease; multiple sclerosis and dementia. Due to this, palliative care should be multi-disciplinary and provided at a generalist and specialist level across all areas of health and social care.
This module will further your education into this area to achieve the aim of supporting the palliative care needs of everyone. The focus will be on the management of the wide range of physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, core to effective palliative care will be explored.
The module considers the principles of palliative care, multidisciplinary working, systematic assessment and management of key symptoms.
This module explores ways to assess and manage physical, psychological, social and spiritual symptoms experienced by individuals with life-limiting illnesses.
The module is suitable for nurses, allied healthcare professionals and those with an interest in the provision of quality palliative care.
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- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts associated with multi-professional assessment of symptoms in palliative care;
- Critically explore and evaluate assessment tools applied to symptom management in palliative care;
- Analyse the Biopsychosocial model of care as a framework for the symptom management in patients with palliative care needs;
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the psychological, pharmacological and supportive care measures incorporated in the assessment and management of specific symptoms in the individual with palliative care needs.
Structure and content
You will explore:
- The principles of palliative care applied in current practice
- The process of systematic assessment
- What is meant by the term ‘quality of life’
- The assessment and management of the most prevalent palliative care symptoms
- The final stages of life: recognising when death is approaching, assessing and alleviating the symptoms
Delivery and assessment
The module uses a blended approach to teaching and learning including:
- Fully online accessible live/recorded lectures
- Open office hours
- Themed, weekly online, interactive based learning through Canvas, our virtual learning environment
- Independent study
Assessment of the module is via a 2,500 word critical essay.
Dr Debbie Waddell
The learning from this module will enhance your evidence based knowledge and understanding to inform your practice and can be used as part of your academic and professional development.