Paediatric advance care planning: Physician experience and education in initiating difficult discussions

Title

Paediatric advance care planning: Physician experience and education in initiating difficult discussions

Creator

Basu S; Swil K

Identifier

Publisher

Journal Of Paediatrics And Child Health

Date

2017

Subject

advance care planning; Education; General Paediatrics

Description

AIM: Our study aimed to assess physicians' experiences and education regarding advance care planning (ACP) in paediatrics. We aimed to assess barriers to ACP initiation, including the adequacy of exposure and education regarding ACP and whether practitioners would deem improved education and resource provision useful. METHODS: A 25-question survey was designed following literature review. Paediatricians, intensivists and advanced trainees at Sydney Children's Hospital were invited to complete the online survey. Ninety-two responses were obtained over a 10-week period. RESULTS: Patients with life-limiting conditions are encountered frequently, with 57% of respondents caring for at least 10 such patients during the last 2 years. In total, 64% of respondents felt that ACP discussions should occur early around the time of diagnosis or during a period of stability; however, 57% observed discussions occurring late in illness after multiple acute, severe deteriorations. In total, 46% felt that multidisciplinary teams were the most appropriate to initiate ACP discussions. Prognostic uncertainty was the most common barrier to ACP initiation. Lack of experience and education were identified as barriers by 43 and 32%, respectively. The majority of respondents regarded exposure to ACP and education during training as inadequate. CONCLUSIONS: ACP discussions are being initiated later than physicians deem optimal. Of concern, clinicians prefer ACP discussions to be initiated by multidisciplinary teams, which may create a barrier to timely initiation. Barriers due to lack of education and experience could be overcome with improvements in training. Provision of education and resources would be welcomed and improve clinician skills in this area.

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Citation List Month

February 2018 List

Collection

Citation

Basu S; Swil K, “Paediatric advance care planning: Physician experience and education in initiating difficult discussions,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 13, 2018, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11256.

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