Module F: Physical Symptom Management

CE Credits: 1.5

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This module explores how palliative and end-of-life care focuses on supporting the needs and relieving the distress of patients and families. This includes comprehensive management of any symptom affecting the quality of life.

Care is optimized throughout the disease trajectory by early initiation and comprehensive implementation. Through their interaction with patients, families and other transdisciplinary team members, a case manager can act as an educational resource.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Describe the assessment and treatment of symptoms
» Discuss effective pain management
» Review ways to relieve dyspnea
» Identify methods to mitigate nausea and vomiting
» Discuss relief of depression and agitation

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Advance your professional practice:: Case managers possess heightened interpersonal skills and can enhance palliative care by understanding that helping patients and their families to manage symptoms includes sorting out social and practical issues and finding relief for spiritual suffering and emotional distress.

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Improve organizational performance: When members of our team understand how people with serious and life-threatening illnesses frequently have multiple comorbid conditions—and also live with a plethora of unpleasant symptoms—we can offer more targeted and comprehensive comfort for patients.