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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.

Accreditation:

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:
Pharmacists

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

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

Fee:
The cost for this activity is $15.00.

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