Not There Yet: Pediatric Palliative Care In Canada 2002 – 2012

Title

Not There Yet: Pediatric Palliative Care In Canada 2002 – 2012

Creator

Widger K; Davies D; Dauost L; Liben S; Rapoport A; Gregoire MC; Vadeboncoeur C; Stenekes S; Cyr C; Sarpal A; Roy H; Hodgson-Viden H; Robertson M; Siden H

Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.10.057

Publisher

Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management

Date

2016

Description

Objectives: As a follow-up to a study conducted in 2002,
our objective was to obtain an accurate description of
programs that provided specialized pediatric palliative
care (PPC) in 2012 and the children who received it;
explore changes in the programs and care provided
since 2002; and determine the current proportion of
children who receive care through the programs.
Methods: Collaborators from 13 PPC programs provided
information about program structure and staffing,
and the demographics, processes, and outcomes
of care for the children who received care during
2012. Data were compared with results of a similar
study from 2002.
Results: Between 2002 and 2012 the number of PPC
programs in Canada increased from 8 to 13 and the
number of children who received care through these
programs more than quadrupled from 317 to 1401.
However, the number of core staff across all programs
increased by only two and a half times from 13.6 Full
Time Equivalents in 2002 to 33.8 in 2012. Over the
10 year period, higher proportions of children who
received care in 2012 were less than 1 year of age,
(36.3% vs. 24.0%, p LT 0.01), had congenital conditions
or conditions originating in the perinatal period
(36.0% vs. 22.1%, p LT 0.01), and died in a neonatal
or pediatric intensive care setting (24.4% vs. 12.3%, p
LT 0.01). The proportion of children who might
benefit that actually received specialized PPC increased
from 5.0 percent in 2002 to 18.6 percent in 2012.
Conclusions: Program growth and changes in child
demographics indicate improved reach of the programs
over time. However, remaining barriers prevent
the majority of children from receiving specialized
PPC services in a timely manner. Exploration of
changes over time provides information to clinicians,
and policy and decision makers to guide further program
development in Canada and internationally.

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Citation List Month

December 2016 List

Citation

Widger K; Davies D; Dauost L; Liben S; Rapoport A; Gregoire MC; Vadeboncoeur C; Stenekes S; Cyr C; Sarpal A; Roy H; Hodgson-Viden H; Robertson M; Siden H, “Not There Yet: Pediatric Palliative Care In Canada 2002 – 2012,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 20, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10504.

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