Journal Mobile

D Buchanan
Journal Issue: 
Volume 39: Issue 3: 2009




This  thought-provoking  symposium  explored  some  of  the  issues  related to the provision of palliative care within hospital settings. Session one focused on difficult  symptoms  –  neuropathic  pain,  dyspnoea  and  malignant  bone  pain  –  and the  new  techniques  and  science  that  inform  their  management. The  theme  of delivering  targeted,  individual  care  was  developed  through  the  sessions,  and  the challenges  of  providing  equitable,  effective  care  were  repeatedly  highlighted. Importantly, there is a need to combine current, developing research and clinical knowledge to provide high-quality, individual symptom management.