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. The second volume in the HPNA Palliative Nursing Series, Physical Aspects of Care: Pain, Nausea and Vomiting, Fatigue and Bowel Management, 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 of the concise, clinically-focused volumes in the HPNA series prepares nurses for certification exams as well as quick-reference in daily practice. Plentiful tables, figures, and practical tools such as assessment instruments, pharmacology tables, and patient teaching points make these volumes useful resources for nurses.
About the Author
Judith A. Paice is the Director of the Cancer Pain Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IIllinois.
Table of Contents
1. Pain Assessment
2. Pain Management
3. Nausea and Vomiting
4. Dysphagia, Xerostomia, and Hiccups
5. Bowel Management: Constipation, Diarrhea, Obstruction, and Ascites
Appendix: Patient Care: Pain Management Test Questions and Answers