More Pediatric Palliative Care Education Needed, Expert Says
In the normal cycle of life, children outlive their parents by decades. When the situation is reversed, and the child is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or devastating genetic abnormality, deep suffering can affect the entire family, as well as members of the care team.
Pediatric palliative care can help relieve the symptoms and stress of a child’s illness by helping to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the child and family, with the goal of improving quality of life.
Because advances in healthcare are helping seriously ill children live years longer than once expected, the need for pediatric palliative care providers is growing. Providing truly effective pediatric palliative care, however, requires strong teams educated in caring for and communicating with young patients and their families, experts say.