Symptom Management


Stanford School of Medicine


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This course should be taken after the Essentials of Palliative Care course and continues building your primary palliative care skills – communication, psychosocial support and goals of care. You will learn how to screen, assess, and manage both physical and psychological symptoms. You will explore common symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and distress and learn specific treatments. You will continue to follow Sarah and Tim’s experience and learn cultural competencies critical for optimal symptom management.

This course is available for CME credit.

The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Stanford University School of Medicine adheres to ACCME Criteria, Standards and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education.  There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.

What you will learn

  • Respond to the subjective experience of symptoms and side effects using assessment tools and communication skills
  • Conduct a pain assessment and provide basic pain management using medication and lifestyle modification
  • Describe several interventions to help with emotions and coping and the role the palliative care psychiatrist plays in caring for the patient
  • Define distress and common causes of emotional distress related to life-threatening illness
This course is part of the Palliative Care Always Specialization and requires a Coursera subscription. The cost is $49 per month for as long as you are enrolled in the specialization.

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Delivery Option:
Online Course $49.00

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.