Poster or Presentation Title

Overcoming Barriers to Symptom Management at the End of Life

Student Author Information

Laura Elphee, University of LynchburgFollow

Location

Virtual | Room 1

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 2:30 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 2:45 PM

Department

Nursing

Abstract

By using existing data and qualitative research literature, this paper is an analysis of symptom management for patients in end-of-life care in the home setting. Barriers to symptom management are identified, and possible solutions presented. Current tools used by caregivers to identify symptoms are reviewed and compared. The need for improved communications between patient, medical professionals, and informal caregivers is examined. The strain placed on informal caregivers by the physical demands of caregiving and a lack of education is discussed. This literature review and analysis will emphasize the importance of improving symptom management for patients enrolled in in-home hospice care through the use of symptom measurement tools, identification of symptoms, improved communication, education of caregivers, and new technology.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Amanda Pribble
Dr. Kristin Shargots
Dr. Beth Savage

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Apr 7th, 2:30 PM Apr 7th, 2:45 PM

Overcoming Barriers to Symptom Management at the End of Life

Virtual | Room 1

By using existing data and qualitative research literature, this paper is an analysis of symptom management for patients in end-of-life care in the home setting. Barriers to symptom management are identified, and possible solutions presented. Current tools used by caregivers to identify symptoms are reviewed and compared. The need for improved communications between patient, medical professionals, and informal caregivers is examined. The strain placed on informal caregivers by the physical demands of caregiving and a lack of education is discussed. This literature review and analysis will emphasize the importance of improving symptom management for patients enrolled in in-home hospice care through the use of symptom measurement tools, identification of symptoms, improved communication, education of caregivers, and new technology.