Assisting with difficult decisions
Those with chronic illnesses may face some hard choices. Our Symptom Management Team is available through a consultation with the attending physician to help with decisions as they consider all available treatment options.
What is the Symptom Management Team?
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The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. The Symptom Management Team is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Our Symptom Management Team approach
The Reid Health Symptom Management Team treats the whole person, meeting their medical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.
Our objective is to:
- Involve family and friends as requested by the patient
- Discuss treatment goals with the patient and requested family members
- Allow the patient to choose appropriate treatments and therapies
- Coordinate care with the patient’s doctors and nurses while the patient is in the hospital
- Offer care alongside treatments that are meant to cure
- Be part of a team of professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, chaplains, social workers, case managers, hospitalists, unit nurses, and intensivists.
Elements of the Reid Health Symptom Management Team
Pain and symptom management
Our team works with the patient’s attending physician and nurses to treat pain effectively and compassionately, with both traditional and complementary pain management approaches.
We provide treatment recommendations for additional symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and anxiety.
Advance care planning
We enable the patient to express in advance their preferences related to pain management, patient advocacy, treatments, counseling, and other quality of life issues.
The Symptom Management Team professionals work with thepatient’s doctors, nurses and other care providers to identify and coordinate the care plan most appropriate for the patient.
Our pastoral care team provides spiritual support to patients and family members to help them cope with serious illness, while providing spiritual services that respect the patient’s cultural beliefs and rituals.
We strive to provide the patient and family with comfort, respect and dignity during this difficult time.
We realize the importance of providing emotional support to the patient and family when coping with a serious illness.