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Purpose: Pediatric patients (pt) awaiting heart transplantation (HTX) are among the most fragile patients, even more so when on continuous milrinone infusion or ventricular assist device (VAD). These pt are often in the hospital for very long periods…

The use of a palliative care guideline in infants remains controversial in the NICU community. Triggers are only intermittently utilized within the NICU setting. Most NICUs implement strategies for near-death care, but few have guidelines for those…

High quality symptom management for children receiving palliative care relies on accurate and timely documentation of symptoms. Our pediatric palliative and comfort care team (PACT) previously established a mechanism in to assess and document…

Purpose: Compassion fatigue (CF) is emotional distress experienced by providers from ongoing contact with patients' suffering. Burnout (BO) is personal distress due to uncontrollable workplace factors that manifest in career dissatisfaction. CF and…

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…

Background: over the last 30 yrs, many studies have investigated long-term ventilatory support (LTVS), focusing primary on medical issues. Few researches have focused on social burden for families with a child in need of LTVS. Objectives: aim of the…

Objectives: * Discuss whether the Reiki intervention was feasible to implement with this population of very young hospitalized children receiving palliative care. * Discuss why parents thought the Reiki intervention was helpful to their child.…

Objectives: * Examine the key structures and processes of inpatient pediatric palliative care programs in the United States. * Assess the degree of variation in program delivery, staffing, and patient volumes. * Identify three threats and three…

Objectives: * Describe state of current science and theory related to grief and bereavement. * Discuss variations of grief and strategies to support bereaved individuals. * Identify best practices to support healthy grief in hospice and palliative…

Our pediatric palliative care group is called the "Pediatric Advanced Care Team," also known as "PACT." We created a novel system called #PACTimpact to identify situations in which team members go above and beyond for patients providing meaningful…

Podcasts have grown in popularity over the last several years. Pediatric Palliative Care services can use this medium of communication to reach families more effectively. Podcast use is determined by the schedule of parents rather than providers.…

Objectives: * Describe a prospective study to evaluate how parents of children with advanced heart disease (AHD) perceive communication about prognosis with their child's physicians. * Describe results from this analysis that found no correlation…

Background: Pediatric palliative care (PPC) provides support focused on comfort and wellbeing for patients with serious illness and their families and assists with difficult care decisions, aiming to align medical care with the goals and values of…

Objectives: * Identify parent perceptions of suffering at end of life in children with life-threatening complex chronic conditions. * Describe factors associated with child suffering at end of life. Original Research Background: Research in children…

Objectives: * Describe the logistics of using telemedicine through an outpatient Pediatric Palliative Clinic. * Describe the experience of using telemedicine from the perspective of the parent, nurse, and physician.

Objectives: * List the types of community-based hospice and palliative care programs for children and describe barriers and facilitators to the use of these programs. * Describe the rates of referral and enrollment to community-based programs,…

Objectives: * Describe a longitudinal, iterative, and cross-organizational design process. * Describe pediatric palliative care program structure and process measurement. * Create additional opportunities to expand the benchmark data available for…

Background: Approximately 500,000 children in the United States suffer from serious illnesses each year and 50,000 die annually. Hospice and palliative care services are known to be beneficial for many children with serious illnesses and their…

Background: End-of-life (EOL) care for a child is a high-stakes situation that requires careful planning and practice; there is only one chance to get it right. Additionally, distress is often high in those caring for dying children. Despite the fact…

Objectives: * Recognize how PICUs/NICUs implement GBS IPPC recommendations. * Describe how PICUs/NICUs' resource influence their GBS care provision as related to IPPC recommendations. Original Research Background: Grief and bereavement support (GBS)…

Objectives: * Explain a novel method for creating pediatric palliative care resources using telehealth technology. * Describe preliminary data demonstrating project feasibility and satisfaction.

Introduction: Pediatric palliative care (PPC) seeks longitudinal relationships with patients facing life threatening conditions. Optimal PPC navigates between both inpatient and outpatient domains thus making the patient’s primary care physician…

Objectives: * Recognize the importance of religious/spiritual assessment and care in pediatric patients with serious illness. * Identify the elements of a spiritual assessment. * Assess the needs of pediatric residents in religious and spiritual…

Objectives: * Apply the principles of plain language to deliver easy-to-understand, evidence-based palliative care information to those with serious illnesses and their families. * Utilize common forms of telecommunications (text messaging and email)…

Objectives: * Compare the benefits of a primary palliative care model to those of a specialty palliative care service. * Propose a stepwise process to initiate the transition from a specialty palliative care service to a primary palliative care…

Backgrounds: Many adult patients with cancer who knowthey are dying choose less intense care. High intensity careis associated with worse caregiver outcomes. Little is knownabout intensity of treatment of end-of-life care in children withcancer in…

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'…

Background: Community hospitals represent a unique setting to provide pediatric palliative care (PPC), given their usual proximity to a patient's home. Texas Children's Hospital, TheWoodlands (TCH-TW) is a community-based campus that opened in April…

Background: Systematic symptom assessment is not a standard of care in children with cancer. Many well-known symptom assessment tools are lengthy or difficult to integrate into a daily pediatric palliative care practice. We created a series of brief…

Background: It is difficult to perceive the preparation of a good death for children because of its social and cultural issues. Among the children with serious diseases, they can be alienated and the whole processes are done by the decision of the…

Background: Pediatric patients with cancer have many opportunities for increased primary or specialty palliative care (PC). This is particularly true for patients with solid tumors who often have higher symptom burden and worse outcomes. However, how…

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: Transitioning care for pediatric, adolescent,and young adult (AYA) patients with end-stage cancer tohome hospice care has been challenging in Japan due to the lack of local home-care clinics for daily care and local hospitals for urgent…

Background and context: In DR Congo, many cancer patients in the terminal phase of their condition have minimal access to palliative care. There is a combined effect of poverty, the deteriorationofthe health system and the absenceof a well-defined…

Introduction Issues: Until recently, Paediatric Palliative Care in Uganda was ignored, with less than 5% of patients seen at Hospice Africa Uganda being Paediatric patients. African Palliative Care Association (APCA) and Palliative Care Association…
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