Paediatric palliative care research in Canada: Development and progress of a new emerging team

Title

Paediatric palliative care research in Canada: Development and progress of a new emerging team

Creator

Straatman L; Cadell S; Davies B; Siden H; Steele R

Identifier

Publisher

Paediatrics & Child Health

Date

2008

Description

Paediatric palliative care is a field distinct from adult palliative care, although there are many overlaps in language, approach and philosophy. Several features, however, distinguish paediatric palliative care. The illnesses that affect children are different from those that are most predominant in the adult population. In addition, the role and involvement of the family, while always important in palliative care generally, is heightened in paediatric palliative care. In this new and growing interdisciplinary specialty, paediatric palliative care professionals recognize that children exist within a family system, with individual members making up the components (1). These distinguishing characteristics mean that we cannot simply translate general or adult palliative care research to the paediatric arena. Canada has been a leader in the development of clinical paediatric palliative care, with programs in the major Canadian geographical centres, as well as North America’s first free-standing children’s hospice, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (Vancouver, British Columbia). At the same time, there is widespread acknowledgement that not enough research has been undertaken within paediatric palliative care to provide an adequate evidence base for practice. To increase research capacity in Canada, in 2004, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded a research program entitled ‘Transitions in Pediatric Palliative and End-of-Life Care’ through a New Emerging Team grant.

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Straatman L; Cadell S; Davies B; Siden H; Steele R, “Paediatric palliative care research in Canada: Development and progress of a new emerging team,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 26, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11118.

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