FP Essentials™

Care of Patients at the End of Life

Edition #447 | August 2016

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  • Prescribe opioid therapy using appropriate drugs in appropriate dosages to manage pain in patients at the end of life.
  • Determine the correct opioid regimen for a patient transitioning from oral to parenteral administration using correct dosage conversions.
  • Prescribe treatments for constipation in patients at the end of life.
  • Prescribe treatments for dyspnea in patients at the end of life.
  • Initiate discussions about advance care planning with all patients.
  • Counsel patients with dementia and/or their family members that providing artificial nutrition via feeding tubes offers no benefit and can cause discomfort for patients.
  • Describe the difference between competence and medical decision-making capacity.
  • Conduct a family meeting with the family members of a patient at the end of life.
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#447: Care of Patients at the End of Life
August 2016


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