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    Back to Module 8: Sudden Illness
    Seven Guiding Principles

    Principle 6. Manage Symptoms Effectively
    Principle 7. Consider the Impact of Stress on Caregivers

    Principle 6. Manage Symptoms Effectively

    • Stress that the provision of comfort and relief of symptoms is part of the management plan
    • Practice good symptom management in order to maximize quality of life even during periods of maximum effort to restore full function and health
    • Many patients, parents, and family members unnecessarily remember their periods of acute health crisis as miserable
    • Approaching the relief of suffering in this way permits the physician to convey accurately to the family what aspects of the plan are going to continue, even if other treatments will be stopped
    • For more information about symptom relief, see:

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