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What are symptoms palliative care may help?

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Here are some symptoms that palliative care may address:

  • Pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss, or wasting
  • Shortness of breath or labored breathing
  • Coughing
  • Depression
  • Delirium or mental confusion
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research brochure, "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness." 

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Palliative Care Patient Page." 

GetPalliativeCare.org: "What Should You Know About Palliative Care?"

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Foundation for Aging in Health: "Palliative Care and Hospice Care."

World Health Organization - Europe: "Palliative Care: The Solid Facts."

Strohbuecker, B. , January 2011. International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Nursing Research brochure, "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness." 

Journal of the American Medical Association: "Palliative Care Patient Page." 

GetPalliativeCare.org: "What Should You Know About Palliative Care?"

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "How Can Palliative Care Help Me?"

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Foundation for Aging in Health: "Palliative Care and Hospice Care."

World Health Organization - Europe: "Palliative Care: The Solid Facts."

Strohbuecker, B. , January 2011. International Journal of Palliative Nursing

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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