Physical Aspects of Care
Primary care clinicians are increasingly encountering patients with complex co-morbidities who still rely on the primary care practice as their medical home. This course highlights the wide range of physical symptoms encountered in serious illness; lays out treatment strategies, including effective pain management; and examines the follow-up required for symptom management within these practice settings. Emergency conditions in palliative care are also addressed.
What You’ll Learn
- Assessing physical symptoms in context of serious illness
- Introduction to symptom management
- Nonpharmacological pain management strategies
- Opioids for pain management
- Finding the starting opioid dose
- Opioid misuse and addiction
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bowel obstruction
- Depression and anxiety
- Anorexia and cachexia
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What You’ll Earn
- Describe the essential elements of physical symptom assessment in primary palliative care
- Employ the tools commonly used in palliative care to manage pain using opioids and nonpharmacological techniques
- Identify the most common physical symptoms encountered in serious illness, and describe the key assessments, treatments and follow-up required to optimally manage symptoms
- Identify when to include transdisciplinary team members or specialty palliative care consultation to optimize care for the patient
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.