Palliative Care: symptom management and end-of-life care

This module covers management of symptoms during acute or chronic illness, education of the patient, family and community caregiver to provide care at home using the Patient Self-Management and Caregiver Booklet, and end-of-life care. Symptom management is very important in patients on ARV therapy. In order to expand access to palliative care, this approach assumes that most of the care will be given by the patient’s family with back-up by multi-purpose health workers at the health centre. This module covers palliative care in both children and adults.

The Patient Self-Management and Caregiver Booklet is designed for use by health workers to educate the patient, family members and other caregivers and then given to them to use as a reference at home.