To understand the multidisciplinary clinical approach and treatment strategies necessary for palliating patients at the end of life
To learn to titrate opioids (via all available routes of administration, including subcutaneous pumps), and to treat associated toxicities of opioids in the cancer pain population
To gain experience in pharmacologic management in pain in patients with end-stage organ disease which affects absorption, metabolism, excretion of medications; to effectively anticipate and/or treat adverse side effects of medications in this setting
To treat patients and families with respect and dignity
To empower patients to participate in medical decision-making at the end of life
To recognize psychological, social, spiritual, and economic issues which may affect patients and their families, and necessitate adjustment in management plan to accommodate these
To explore the multidisciplinary resources necessary in order to effectively treat terminal patients with pain, and to work well within the team providing them
To maintain continuity with inpatients with palliative conditions pain, and to adjust plans accordingly based on daily assessment
To work within a hospice environment and assess resources necessary to provide care in this setting
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