Physical Aspects of CarePain and Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Physical Aspects of CarePain and Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Judith A. Paice

Print publication date: Jan 2015

ISBN: 9780190239442

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Palliative care is an essential element of our health care system and becoming increasingly significant amidst an aging society and organizations struggling to provide both compassionate and cost effective care. Palliative care is also characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach. Nurses are at the center of the palliative care team across settings and populations. This second volume in the HPNA Palliative Nursing Series provides an overview of the principles of symptom assessment and management for symptoms, including pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, obstruction, and ascites. The content will help nurses prepare for certification exams as well as provide a quick-reference in daily practice. Plentiful tables, figures, and practical tools such as assessment instruments, pharmacology tables, and patient teaching points are also included.