Symptom Management

The practice of preventing or treating as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment.

Symptom Burden

The cumulative impact of symptoms on a patient’s overall wellbeing.

Symptom Assessment

The evaluation of a patient’s symptoms to determine their cause and severity.

Spiritual Support

Assistance provided by chaplains, pastoral counselors, or other spiritual guides in addressing the spiritual or religious needs of patients and their families.

Quality of Life

An individual’s overall appreciation of life, which can be negatively affected by illness, disability, or treatment.

Patient-Centered Care

A type of care that recognizes the patient’s preferences, values, and needs, and respects the patient and their family’s values and choices.

Pain Management

The process of providing medical care that alleviates or reduces pain.

Pain Assessment

The process of identifying and evaluating pain, its location, intensity, and duration.