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Symptom Management—Overview

James L. Hallenbeck

in Palliative Care Perspectives

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195165784
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999897 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165784.003.0003
Symptom Management—Overview

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This chapter presents an overview of symptom management in palliative care. It explains that when considering symptom management of known, chronic illnesses, what is usually more important is to understand what clues the disease process can provide to understand and treat the symptoms of the patient. In the palliative setting, the relationship between the disease and the symptom is reversed; it is the disease process that becomes a clue to the symptom or patient experience.

Keywords: symptom management; palliative care; chronic illnesses; disease process; disease–symptom relationship

Chapter.  2616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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