Symptom Management Part 1: Pain and Constipation
Estimated time to complete session: 90 mins.
Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:
1. Using evidence-based assessment tools, identify pain levels and potential pain types to provide appropriate prescription.
2. Compare and contrast pharmacologic therapies to manage end-of-life pain including:
- Long- and short-acting opioids
- Adjuvant medications (anticonvulsants, antidepressants, etc.)
3. Explain baseline and rescue dosing of commonly used opioid medications.
4. Demonstrate dosage conversion using equianalgesic dosing for opioid pain medication.
5. Counsel patients and families on the safety of opioid analgesics use at end of life in order to dispel myths and address individual concerns.
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Morgan Unruh Elmore, DO, MA, Palliative Medicine Physician, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Denver
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