[end-of-life In Specialized Medical Pediatrics Department: A French National Survey]


[end-of-life In Specialized Medical Pediatrics Department: A French National Survey]


Ravanello A; Desguerre I; Frache S; Hubert P; Orbach D; Aubry R


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Accompagnement de fin de vie; End-of-life accompanying; Intensive care; Neurologie; Neurology; Onco-hematology; Onco-hématologie; Pediatric palliative care; Pediatrics; Pédiatrie; Réanimation; Soins palliatifs pédiatriques


AIMS: In France, most of children die in the hospital. This national survey aimed to achieve better understanding of end-of life care in specialized medical pediatrics departments for children facing the end-of-life, identify the available resources, put forward the difficulties encountered by professionals and describe end-of-life paths of children who died in these departments. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study is based on a nationwide survey conducted among all existing specialized medical pediatrics departments (onco-haematology, neurology, reanimation) in France in 2015. RESULTS: Among 94 specialized medical pediatrics departments in France, 53 participated in our survey (response rate=56%). At the time of the survey, 13% of inpatients were facing the end-of-life. Regarding training, 13% of departments did not have personnel trained in palliative care and 21% did not set up any professional support. However, when taking care of a child's end of life in 2014, 77% of these departments solicited a regional resource team of pediatric palliative care. This survey helps describe 225 end-of-life paths of children decease of a terminal illness in the specialized pediatrics departments. Seventy-two percent suffered from refractory symptoms before their death, 64% were concerned by a terminal sedation and 75% by a limitation of life-sustaining treatment decision. CONCLUSION: End-of-life care is a reality for specialized pediatrics departments. The frequency of major and refractory symptoms often requires the completion of sedation. The resources of service are acceptable but some deficiencies have been noted especially concerning training and support for caregivers, adaptation of premises or family support.


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Ravanello A; Desguerre I; Frache S; Hubert P; Orbach D; Aubry R, “[end-of-life In Specialized Medical Pediatrics Department: A French National Survey],” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 27, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10843.

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