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Symptoms in life-threatening illness: overview and assessment

Dilini Rajapakse and Maggie Comac

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199595105
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665020 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199595105.003.0016

Series: Oxford Textbooks In Palliative Medicine

Symptoms in life-threatening illness: overview and assessment

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The aims of this chapter are to discuss the reasons why accurate symptom assessment is important, the prevalence of symptoms in paediatric palliative care, the principles of symptom assessment as part of symptom management, the challenges to symptom assessment, and the tools available for symptom assessment, and to examine the areas where knowledge and expertise are lacking, and the reasons for this. We then discuss areas for future study and identify the resources available for symptom assessment.

Chapter.  9791 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics ; Palliative Medicine

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