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Context: Clinicians deciding whether to refer a patient or family to specialty palliative care report facing high levels of uncertainty. Most research on medical uncertainty has focused on prognostic uncertainty. As part of a pediatric palliative…

Purpose of study Care for children with cardiac disease often involves difficult decisions and clinical uncertainty. Genomic Sequencing (GS) promises to improve clinical prognostics and could impact how difficult decisions are made. We sought to…

Purpose: Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with terminal cancer are a marginalized population with unique medical and psychosocial needs. AYAs commonly report challenges with their health care experiences, however, little is known about the…

Background: Empirical descriptions of a 'good death' exist for older adults with cancer, and these have served as the foundation for providing quality end of life care. In contrast, little is known about what, if anything, constitutes a 'good death'…

Adolescents and young adults 15 to 25 years of age with incurable cancer are a unique patient group. There is growing evidence of the emotionally taxing nature of this work, yet limited understanding of the health care professional experience across…

Objective: Quality of Life (QoL) is the core of pediatric palliative care (PPC). The evaluation of QoL allows the adjustment of patient care. However, it remains difficult for clinicians to measure it in this population because there is very little…

BACKGROUND: Pediatric palliative care programs aim to improve the quality of life of children with severe life-threatening illnesses, and that of their families. Although rehabilitation and physical therapy provides a valuable tool for the control of…

BACKGROUND: Medical technologies and technological advances have resulted in a growing number of children with medical complexity (CMC), many of whom would not have survived previously. Despite these advances CMC are still at high risk of morbidity…

Background: We aimed to explore the shared decision-making context at the limit of viability (weeks 22-25 of gestation) through analyzing neonatologist's communication strategies with parents and their possible impact on survival and…

Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, Canada, has been hosting a massage therapy practicum within the hospice since 2011. The practicum is delivered by upper-level massage therapy students who are supervised by a registered massage therapist…

Background: Individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) face the challenges of managing a chronic, progressive disease. While palliative care is a standard of care in serious illnesses, there are no guidelines for its incorporation into CF care. Patients…

Introduction: Various factors hamper the bonding process between parents and their extremely premature baby. Parental bonding is especially difficult and complicated when babies do not survive and die either in the delivery room or in the neonatal…

Introduction: The birth of an extreme preterm infant often comes unexpectedly. Decisions, then, must often be made quickly and under circumstances that can be emotionally stressful for parents or morally burdensome for health care professionals. In…

BACKGROUND:: There is few literature on the difficulties and different meanings of gastrostomy tubes (GST) for parents of children with palliative needs, and what specific palliative care teams contribute to this process. AIM:: To explore the process…

Individuals with chronic illnesses must manage long-term uncertainty as they cope with the ways the illness influences their lives. In the context of pediatric illnesses, parents must manage uncertainty during the diagnosis and treatment of their…

Objectives: The experiences of medical residents during training in pediatric palliative care has recently become an area of focus within medical education literature. Residents' medical knowledge, skill development, and comfort in clinical practice…

Objectives: Research has shown that advance care planning concepts for adults need to be revised and adapted to be applicable to pediatric situations. A consistent approach to pediatric advance care planning (pACP) is still missing. The study aimed…

Background: Families caring for a child with a life limiting condition not only provide 24 hour complex care but also must care for siblings and cope with everyday tasks. Research suggests families could benefit from 'domestic support' (Fraser et al,…

Background: Inpatient hospice care (IHC) for adults in Germany is used in the last weeks of life. Children, adolescents and young adults (ACA) with life-limiting diseases are entitled to 28 days/year of IHC during their lifetime. We explored various…

Background/aim: Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) in hospitals mainly focuses on the parents and siblings of children suffering from a life limiting disease. However, most grandparents are also highly involved in the caring of the child and require…

Background: Advance care discussions (ACD) between health care professionals (HCPs) and parents of children with a life-limiting disease are a core element to successful pediatric advance care planning (pACP). Yet, they are considered as challenging…

Introduction Of the 74% of UK childhood deaths that occur in hospital, an increasing number-up to 65%-occur in PICU. There is little information about the impact of this on those who provide minute-to minute care of the children and their families,…

Introduction. Parents of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness often experience the state of cognitive and emotional disorganization. The key factor determining parents-physicians cooperation is the quality of their relations. That is why…

Background: In children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD), discussions about end-of-life decisions (EoLDs) are comparatively common. Nurses play a crucial role in the care for these children, yet their involvement in EoLD…

Context Despite national requirements mandating collaboration between palliative care specialists and mechanical circulatory support (MCS) teams at institutions that place destination therapy ventricular assist devices, little is known about the…

Healthcare providers influence the experiences of families during end of life care and death of a child*. Nurses are best placed to provide bereavement support as they have opportunities to build therapeutic relationships through closely and…

Rationale: The decision of whether to initiate or forgo long-term ventilation (LTV) for children with life-limiting conditions can be complex and impactful. Providers are responsible for helping families to understand the consequences of their…
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