Management of pruritus in palliative care

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Perdue C (2016) Management of pruritus in palliative care.

Pruritis (severe itching of the skin) is a relatively rare symptom in palliative care, but it can have a negative impact on patients’ physical, psychological and social wellbeing. It can also be distressing for family members. Holistic assessment is needed to inform an individual plan of care to alleviate the itching, which will involve general skin-care measures and a combination of topical and systemic treatments.

Some patients nearing the end of life experience severe itching, which can be extremely distressing. The symptom has a number of causes but can be managed

In this article…

> The pathophysiology of pruritus in patients at the end of life

> Advice on skin care

> Treating this symptom

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