Lesson series

Pharmacological Interventions for Palliative Care Symptoms

Concerns over managing challenging symptoms can be alleviated with appropriate knowledge and support. A palliative perspective will be applied to the most common palliative care symptoms to give a broad overview.

Each video looks at the pharmacological intervention specific to each symptom from an Advance Practice Pharmacist; palliative care and pain management specialist point of view. It recognises the importance of non-pharmacological interventions either prior and/or in addition to medications. 
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Why this course?

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the most common palliative care symptoms.
  • Determine the appropriate pharmacological intervention required to manage each symptom.
  • Demonstrate a palliative approach through prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of the most common palliative care symptoms.


  • Medications at the end of life.
  • Pain in palliative care.
  • Nausea and vomiting in palliative care.
  • Dyspnoea in palliative care.
  • Delirium in palliative care.
  • Constipation in palliative care.

Intended Audience:

Health professionals 


Penelope Tuffin, Advanced Practice Pharmacist, Palliative Care and Pain Management


4-4.5 hours