Medical Care of the Terminally Ill is More Than Symptom Management
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2003
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 51, Issue 7, pages 1036–1037, July 2003
How to Cite
Rainone, F. (2003), Medical Care of the Terminally Ill is More Than Symptom Management. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51: 1036–1037. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2389.2003.51321.x
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2003
PURPOSE: To provide clinicians with a concise review of the literature applicable to clinical management of the dying patient.
BACKGROUND: Various clinical trials,1 epidemiologic studies, and personal accounts have documented that a large part of the suffering of the terminally ill is preventable and ameliorable. Broadcast media2 and creative artists3 have also highlighted the fact that physicians are poorly prepared to recognize and address symptom management at the end of life.