Symptom Management in Advanced Disease Academic Credits

Location Stafford campus
Course Start

Term 3

This module is not scheduled to run in 2018/19



Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

This module is open to any healthcare practitioner whose work involves caring for people who may experience symptom distress with advanced or life limiting conditions

Graduate destinations

Most students who undertake this module are already working in a practice area where symptom management is part of their role.

Entry requirements

Must be working with such patients/clients or within an environment where symptoms are managed as part of the role.

Module outline

The module is 15 credits at level 7

Symptom relief is regarded as one of the key aspects of care for improving quality of life for patients and their carers. This module will enable you to develop your knowledge base relating to a range of symptoms experienced in advanced disease. The module covers aspects of symptom management across a range of conditions and enables you to network with practitioners from a range of settings

Module overview

This module focusses on the holistic assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for patients in the student’s area of practice who need symptom management. Because of the complex and multifaceted nature of symptom management, best practice relating to physical, psychological, social and emotional aspects of care will be included, and there will be discussion around support strategies that can be used with patients/clients and carers.

Content includes:

  • Principles of symptom assessment 

  • The issues of symptom distress 

  • Dealing with multiple symptoms 

  • The concept if intractable symptoms 

  • Evidence based symptom management 

  • Ethical and legal considerations when managing symptoms 

  • Decision making in clinical situations

  • Care provision

Programme specification

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions. As well as examining the strength and weaknesses of current care provision.

The module will encompass the following assessment:

  • Poster presentation with seminar presentation as oral defence and assignment and 25000 word assignment

Further study

This module can be taken as a stand-alone module or as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree pathway.


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