Symptom Management Guidelines

B .C. Inter-professional Palliative Symptom Management Guidelines, 2017


These best practice guidelines are a result of a collaboration of the following organizations: The BC Centre for Palliative Care, Fraser Health, First Nations Health Authority, Interior Health, Island Health, Providence Health, Vancouver Coastal, and Northern Health.

These guidelines are intended for inter-professional clinicians working with adults living with advanced life-limiting illness. Though these guidelines were created for adults, the symptoms may also be experienced by children with advanced illness. See additional resources within each guideline specific to pediatrics, illnesses such as cancer, and your organization / region.

  • Interactive pdf  – Click on link to save a copy to your computer. Then open the copy to use the interactive features. Size: 10MB. Note: File is large so saving it may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection. Note: the links in this version are being updated, and an updated version will be posted shortly.
  • Printable versions – Click here to print the individual sections separately or view them online.

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