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The POS Symptom list (POS-S) comprises 10 symptoms and two open questions. It can be used alongside POS to capture more information about symptoms, and is especially useful where a patient has multiple symptoms.
Use of POS-S is triggered if question 2 in POS (symptom control) suggests that the patient has multiple or problematic symptoms. POS-S can also be used on its own, if only a symptom assessment is required. However, problems in palliative care are usually multidimensional, so a broader assessment is often needed.
POS-S can be used for a range of conditions, e.g. cancer, heart failure, and respiratory conditions. Extended versions have also been developed for use with those living with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and end-stage renal disease.


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