Clinical spectrum of children receiving palliative care in Malaysian Hospitals

Title

Clinical spectrum of children receiving palliative care in Malaysian Hospitals

Creator

Chong LA; Khalid F; Khoo TB; Teh SH; Kuan GL; Abdul Manaf AM; Alias E; Chieng CH; Razali H; Ong GB; Hedra ZS; Abdul Shukor INC; Wang JJ

Identifier

Publisher

Medical Journal Of Malaysia

Date

2017

Subject

Child Care;hospital;malaysia;palliative Therapy; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Adolescent; Adult; Bereavement; Caregiver; Cerebral Palsy; Child; Chromosome; Chromosome Aberration; Clinical Trial; Congenital Malformation; Controlled Clinical Trial; Controlled Study; Cross Sectional Study; Diagnosis; Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy; Education; Female; Follow Up; Hospital Admission; Human; Icd-10; Infant; Major Clinical Study; Malaysia; Male; Malignant Neoplasm; Multicenter Study; Needs Assessment; Newborn; Observational Study; Patient Referral; Pediatrician; Prognosis; Review; Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Description

Introduction: Awareness for paediatric palliative care has resulted in the impetus for paediatrician-led palliative care services across Malaysia. However, there is paucity of local data on patients receiving hospital-based paediatric palliative care. We aim to review the clinical spectrum of patients referred to these services. Methods: An observational study of children aged between 0-18 years receiving palliative care at 13 hospitals between 1st January and 31st December 2014 was carried out. Results: There were 315 patients analysed, 90 (28.6%) and 46 (14.6%) were neonates and adolescents respectively. The main ICD-10 diagnostic categories for all patients were identified to be 'Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities' 117 (37.1%), 'Diseases of nervous system' 76 (24.1%) and 'Neoplasms' 60 (19.0%). At referral 156 (50%) patients had holistic needs assessments. Patients with 'Diseases of nervous system' were assessed to have significantly more physical needs than the other two diagnostic categories. Majority of patients who knew of their diagnosis and prognosis were those with malignancy. Over a fifth of referrals were at their terminal admission. Of 144 who died, 111 (77.1%) had advanced care plans. There was bereavement follow-up in 98 (68.1%) patients. Conclusion: Patients referred for palliative care have varied diagnoses and needs. To ensure all paediatricians are competent to deliver quality care to all children, further education and training initiatives is imperative. Copyright © 2017, Malaysian Medical Association. All rights reserved.

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Citation

Chong LA; Khalid F; Khoo TB; Teh SH; Kuan GL; Abdul Manaf AM; Alias E; Chieng CH; Razali H; Ong GB; Hedra ZS; Abdul Shukor INC; Wang JJ, “Clinical spectrum of children receiving palliative care in Malaysian Hospitals,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11197.

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