Symptom Management

Project Owner: San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine (SDHIPM)

Project Role

  • Designed and developed e-learning course.

Project Purpose

  • Identified methodology improvements for delivering the “Symptom Management” curriculum.
  • Transformed this leader-led course into an asynchronous e-learning training.

Project Goals

  • Investigate the most effective learning methodologies for delivering the “Symptom Management” curriculum.
  • Recall general guidelines for symptom management.
  • Demonstrate the use of tools available for symptom management.
  • Recognize how non-pain symptoms affect a patient psychosocially and spiritually.
  • For each of the following symptoms: Dyspnea, Nausea/Vomiting, Constipation, Diarrhea, Delirium, Anorexia, Insomnia, and  Fatigue
    • Identify what causes the symptom in an end-of-life patient.
    • Explain how to assess this symptom.
    • Describe discipline specific non-pharmacological and pharmacological management for this symptom.

Project Audience

  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Counselors
  • Pharmacy staff

Project Deliverables (Project is in the development phase)

  • Ten stand-alone e-learning modules on Symptom Management (10 minutes each and covering a different symptom)
    • Each will include a scenario-based activity and assessment
    • The e-Learning is SCORM and LMS accessible

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