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General Approach to Assessment of Symptoms - Palliative Care

General Approach to Assessment of Symptoms - Palliative Care

General Approach to Assessment of Symptoms - Palliative Care

Howard Evans
Howard Evans
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Launch date: 05 Apr 2018
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Last updated: 28 Jan 2021

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This session provides a general approach to the assessment of symptoms, an essential first step before a plan for symptom management and care can be started. This session was reviewed by Amy Proffitt and Christina Faull and last updated in September 2015.


By the end of this session you will be able to:
• Outline the core steps in the assessment of symptoms to reach a diagnosis
• Recognise the range of investigations that can be used to aid diagnosis and treatment
• Describe some assessment situations when it is not appropriate to undertake further investigations or initiate treatment
Howard Evans

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Howard Evans
on behalf of Health Education England

Howard Evans qualified as a nurse in 1977. In 1979 he went to the Royal Marsden Hospital (London) where he gained oncology and care of the dying qualifications. In 1983 he left the Royal Marsden to work in oncology at the Westminster Hospital, London. He returned to the Royal Marsden in 1986 where he worked on the palliative care unit at the Sutton site. From 1999 until leaving in 2002 he was Charge Nurse/Ward Manager of the palliative care unit. In 2002 Howard took up his current post as a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at Halton Hospital, which is part of the Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Palliative Nursing, is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and in 2004 was made an Honorary Lecturer in Cancer and Palliative Care at University of Chester.

Howard’s role is primarily a clinical one with an educational component. As a Macmillan nurse he provides expert information, advice, symptom control and support to improve the lives of people mainly with cancer but also to people who suffer from non-cancerous illnesses too. He gives advice and information on treatments as well as practical, psychological and emotional support. As a Macmillan Nurse he also offers support and information to families, friends and carers.

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