Principles and Practice of Palliative Care

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Course Code: 
FAM 8302
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This rotation will be carried out at any Palliative Care Institution or department e.g. Hospice (Uganda) clinics for a duration of 2 weeks.

  1. The student will learn the Hospice philosophy and the principles of end of life care.
  2.  The family Physician’s front line role in Palliative Care delivery.
  3.  Management of the terminally ill patients and also geriatric patients.
Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Understand terminal illness in the context of family and community; terminal illness care and counselling; dealing with cultural and spiritual dimensions of death, dying and bereavement; caring for problems not remedial to acute interventions; management of chronic pain, principles and stages of pain management, the opiod and non-opiod, steroidal and non steroidal analgesics, as well as the alternative methods of pain management e.g. acupuncture. nausea and other symptoms; ethical issues at the end of life; mobilising patient support systems and resources.
  2.   The family Physician’s front line role in education, prevention strategies and management of HIV/AIDS; biology and Epidemiology of HIV; prevention of vertical transmission;  STI diagnosis and management;  management of AIDS –associated conditions.
  3. Physiologic changes in older adults; geriatric therapeutics, She/he shall participate in the management of the terminally ill patients at the Hospice facility and in the community through the Hospice outreach programme
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