Palliative care: Models of service delivery and symptom management

This course aims to provide information on the basic understanding of palliative care and the elements of service program for delivering palliative care. The course contents will also include the considerations in managing signs, symptoms and assessing the patient as well as communicating with the patient, family, and care giver, and the principles and management of respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, nervous systems’ symptoms and conditions in palliative care.

Language: English

Course information

Overview: SEARO NCD PEN-HEARTS is a series of four courses with the other three courses focusing on Hearts of NCD: an integrated approach to management of NCDs in PHC, NCDs interventions and diabetic foot care that will enable the learner to plan and deliver NCD services.

This course is part of a series of four courses. For a better learning experience, we recommend accessing the courses in the order listed below:

  1. Course 1: HEARTS of NCD: An integrated approach to management of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) in primary health care
  2. Course 2: Interventions for Noncommunicable Diseases in Primary Health Care

  3. Course 3: Prevention and management of diabetic foot problems

  4. Course 4: Palliative care- Models of service delivery and symptom management

Course duration: Approximately 2 hours.

Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.

What you'll learn

  • Define the basic concepts of palliative care.
  • Identify the programme delivery elements of a palliative care programme.
  • Describe the considerations in managing symptoms and signs in palliative care.
  • Explain how to assess the patient and communicate with the patient and family.
  • Recognize the common symptoms and issues with patients requiring palliative care.
  • Identify the principles and management of pain and other symptoms (respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, nervous system) and conditions in palliative care.

Who this course is for

  • Doctors and nurses at all levels of health care
  • Noncommunicable diseases programme managers and primary health care managers
  • Managers for emergency health services

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Learners enrolled: 3942

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.