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Managing Non-pain Symptoms in End-of-Life Care

Learning Objectives:
After reading this article, the pharmacist should be able to:

  • Describe the goals of end-of-life (palliative) care.
  • Identify the common non-pain symptoms that patients experience at the end of life.
  • List the preferred drug treatments for each symptom discussed.
  • Identify the appropriate routes of administration and dosages for the identified medications.
  • Discuss the management of treatment-related side effects where appropriate.

Course Overview:
Patients receiving end-of-life care experience a variety of non-pain symptoms that require management. This article discusses the management of selected symptoms in the context of palliative care.


The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. This program is acceptable for 1 hour of continuing education credit (0.10 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. A certificate awarding 1.0 contact hour will be offered only after the participant reads the article, completes and submits the post-test and evaluation form, and obtains a 70% passing grade on the post-test. The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy complies with the Criteria for Quality for continuing education programming.

This program has been assigned ACPE# 022-999-02-093-H04 and will award 1.0 contact hour (0.10 CEU) of continuing education credit.

Release Date: April 15, 2002
Expiration Date: April 30, 2003

Target Audience:

Authors and Credentials:
Ann B. Amerson, PharmD
University of Kentucky
College of Pharmacy
Lexington, Kentucky

Conflict-of-Interest Statement:
Dr. Amerson reports no conflict.

The cost for this activity is $15.00.

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