Physician and Parent Perceptions of Prognosis and End-of-Life Experience in Children with Advanced Heart Disease

Title

Physician and Parent Perceptions of Prognosis and End-of-Life Experience in Children with Advanced Heart Disease

Creator

Balkin EM; Wolfe J; Ziniel SI; Lang P; Thiagarajan R; Dillis S; Fynn-Thompson F; Blume ED

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2014

Description

Abstract Background: Little is known about how physician and parent perspectives compare regarding the prognosis and end-of-life (EOL) experience of children with advanced heart disease (AHD). Objective: The study's objective was to describe and compare parent and physician perceptions regarding prognosis and EOL experience in children with AHD. Methods: This was a cross-sectional survey study of cardiologists and bereaved parents. Study subjects were parents and cardiologists of children with primary cardiac diagnoses who died in a tertiary care pediatric hospital between January 2007 and December 2009. Inclusion required both physician and parent to have completed surveys respective to the same patient. A total of 31 parent/physician pairs formed the analytic sample. Perceptions were measured of cardiologists and bereaved parents regarding the EOL experience of children with AHD. Results: Nearly half of parents and physicians felt that patients suffered 'a great deal,' 'a lot,' or 'somewhat' at EOL, but there was no agreement between them. At diagnosis, parents more often expected complete repair and normal lifespan while the majority of physicians expected shortened lifespan without normal quality of life. Parents who expected complete repair with normal life were more likely to report 'a lot' of suffering at EOL (p=0.002). In 43% of cases, physicians reported that the parents were prepared for the way in which their child died, while the parents reported feeling unprepared. Conclusion: Both parents and physicians perceive suffering at EOL in patients who die of AHD. Moreover, parent expectations at diagnosis may influence perceptions of suffering at EOL. Physicians overestimate the degree of parent preparedness for their child's death.
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Citation

Balkin EM; Wolfe J; Ziniel SI; Lang P; Thiagarajan R; Dillis S; Fynn-Thompson F; Blume ED, “Physician and Parent Perceptions of Prognosis and End-of-Life Experience in Children with Advanced Heart Disease,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 1, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14992.

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