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Symptom Management


Overview & Objectives

An overview of the most common symptoms in hospice patients is covered in this module, as well as general causes, and hospice aide interventions. It is written to assist hospice aides with symptom management within their scope of practice and in the context of bodily systems. Symptoms are divided into sections under neurological, respiratory, gastrointestinal/urinary, circulatory, integumentary, and general symptoms.  NOTE:  It is recommended that this module be combined with the Pain Management in-service which focuses on pain management only.  This module contains the following learning objectives:

  • Review common patient symptoms in hospice
  • Analyze causes of common symptoms
  • Discuss hospice aide interventions
  • Identify guidelines for reporting symptoms
  • Summarize symptom management for hospice aides


  • Learning Module
  • Group Exercise: Discussion Topics/Case Study
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance