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Aims and Learning Outcomes

This module encourages health care professionals to review and critically analyse clinical management issues in end of life care


Aims:
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of pain and symptom management, exploring both pharmacological and non pharmacological therapeutic interventions
  • Address psychological issues including psychiatric assessment and bereavement and the impact of culture in end of life care
Learn to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the assessment of physical symptoms in patients with advanced cancer
  • Review and critically appraise strategies for the management of the physical symptoms associated with advanced malignant disease
  • Critically discuss how loss and separation form an intrinsic part of human emotional and behavioural development
  • Identify the common manifestations of `normal' grief and critically analyse therapeutic interventions in the facilitation of grief work in clinical practice
  • Critically appraise theoretical models of loss and their application in end of life care
  • Critically appraise the evidence about the therapeutic effect and efficacy of complimentary therapies in end of  life  care
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the practices of aromatherapy, massage and acupuncture in end of life care including the indications and contra indications of these therapies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main sources of psychological distress in patients who have entered the palliative care stage of their disease trajectory
  • Critically analyze the coping mechanisms patients and their carers may engage in to cope with their psychological distress
  • Critically appraise the concept of culture and its importance in holistic care
  • Critically analyse how cultural issues may impact on end of life care delivery