Chicago—Pain is only one of many symptoms that beset patients with terminal illnesses. Weakness and fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and depression also are commonly experienced by patients nearing the end of life. Providing relief from these symptoms is one of the primary goals of an interdisciplinary hospice team.
In the last two decades, the knowledge and science behind management of these symptoms has grown substantially, said Joni Berry, MS Pharm, of the Hospice of Wake County, North Carolina. Berry and Stephen Arter, RPh, BS Pharm, a consultant at Parkview Home Health Hospice in Fort Wayne, Ind, have practiced hospice pharmacy for more than 20 years, and during the Home, Hospice, and Long-Term Care '99 meeting held here this summer, they shared their collective wisdom.