Pain therapy, pediatric palliative care and end-of-life care: training, experience, and reactions of pediatric residents in Italy

Title

Pain therapy, pediatric palliative care and end-of-life care: training, experience, and reactions of pediatric residents in Italy

Creator

Rusalen F; Ferrante A; Po C; Salata M; Agosto C; Benini F

Publisher

European Journal Of Pediatrics

Date

2014

Subject

Internship and Residency; Pain/dt [Drug Therapy]; Palliative Care; Pediatrics/ed [Education]; Terminal Care; Adult; Child; Female; Humans; Italy; Male; Middle Aged; Needs Assessment; Palliative Care/st [Standards]; Palliative Care/td [Trends]; Surveys and Questionnaires; Terminal Care/st [Standards]; Terminal Care/td [Trends]

Description

UNLABELLED: Pediatric palliative care represents the ideal response to life-limiting and life-threatening diseases and requires a specific and multidisciplinary training. This study aims at evaluating in Italy the training programs offered in pain therapy and pediatric palliative care, the exposure, and the personal experience concerning end-of-life care management. The data have been obtained through a survey addressed to all the residents specializing in pediatrics in Italy. Three hundred forty-eight of 1,200 residents from 33 of the 41 schools of pediatrics existing in Italy responded to the questionnaire. One hundred seventy-four of them (50 %) declared they received training in end-of-life care at least once: 146 during their graduation course of medicine, 84 during the pediatric residency, and 54 in both occasions. Sixty percent of respondents were present at one death at least, with an increasing percentage in the last years of residency (91.5 % in the fifth year) but only 12 % were directly involved in the management (36.2 % in the fifth year); 5.7 % managed at least one communication of death; 12.6 % followed sedo-analgesia protocols. Only 11 % of residents felt ready to face end-of-life care management. CONCLUSION: The training in end-of-life care in Italy is not currently satisfactory. Further efforts are therefore required to create a comprehensive and multidisciplinary training.

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Citation

Rusalen F; Ferrante A; Po C; Salata M; Agosto C; Benini F, “Pain therapy, pediatric palliative care and end-of-life care: training, experience, and reactions of pediatric residents in Italy,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 8, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11255.

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