Patients frequently have multiple symptoms at once, especially if they have advanced cancer or multiple co-morbidities. Patients have on average 10-13 symptoms- some from the disease and caused by treatment. A 2015 study of symptoms common in the last year of life published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found there has been no improvement in the prevalence of common symptoms among end-of-life patients and many EOL symptoms remain unacceptably high. Some symptoms such as pain and depression have actually become more common.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Terri Maxwell, PhD, APRN, is Chief Clinical Officer of Turn-Key Health, a division of Enclara Pharmacia. A frequent presenter at state and national meetings, Terri is a well-published author on a range of palliative care topics. She obtained her BSN from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters Degree and PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Disclosure: Terri Maxwell, PhD, APRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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