Establishing need for palliative care services for children/young people

Title

Establishing need for palliative care services for children/young people

Creator

Davies R

Publisher

British Journal Of Nursing

Date

2003

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; infant; Male; Palliative Care; Adult; Infant Mortality; Incidence; adolescent; Preschool; infant; Newborn; cause of death; Epidemiologic Methods; mortality; Child Health Services/organization & administration; Wales/epidemiology

Description

This article describes how epidemiology may be used effectively to provide hard statistical data upon which to justify and base the development of paediatric palliative nursing services within a defined locality. Through an analysis of mortality data this study identified the number of children and young people with life-limited (LL) conditions who met the criteria for paediatric palliative care (PPC) in South Glamorgan. Findings from this were then related to the provision of services, including nursing services, required to meet the PPC needs of children and those of their families within such a population. Outcomes identify the need for a multiprofessional/multiagency approach to care provision, including family nursing, respite and terminal care as well as postbereavement support. This study highlights how epidemiology may be used effectively to identify unmet needs and promote better systems of care delivery. Studies such as this strengthen the argument for nurses to cast aside what has been perceived as a hesitancy to use quantitative methods of research (Bonnell, 1999). Epidemiology, as a methodology, may now be deemed as yet another vital weapon in the nurse researchers' armoury aimed at providing evidence-based health care.
2003

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

224--30, 232

Issue

4

Volume

12

Citation

Davies R, “Establishing need for palliative care services for children/young people,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 7, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12678.

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