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Module 2: Relieving Pain and Other Symptoms

ACTIVITY 6: LECTURE
Pain and Other Symptoms at the End of Life

Description

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The goal of this seminar is to enhance the ability of practitioners from multiple disciplines to provide comfort to children and their families at the end of life by anticipating symptoms, preparing families, and assessing and treating symptoms immediately as they occur. The case also provides an opportunity to discuss the ethics of treating refractory symptoms with sedation. The session ends with a discussion of measures that can be taken to improve practice in one's own institution.

Learning Objectives for Part One

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify common symptoms associated with the final stages of dying and describe the importance of immediate treatment.
  • Describe the impact that symptoms have on the patient and the patient's family.
  • Discuss the ethical use of sedation to relieve patients of refractory symptoms at the end of life.

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