Date Presented

Spring 5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Amanda Pribble

Second Advisor

Dr. Kristin Shargots

Third Advisor

Dr. Beth Savage


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.


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