Specialist palliative care service for children with life-threatening conditions in Japan: A nationwide survey of resources and utilization

Title

Specialist palliative care service for children with life-threatening conditions in Japan: A nationwide survey of resources and utilization

Creator

Yotani N; Kizawa Y

Identifier

Publisher

Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Date

2018

Subject

cancer center; palliative therapy; solid malignant neoplasm; conference abstract; human; child; female; male; controlled study; adult; clinical article; questionnaire; Japan

Description

Background/Objectives: To clarify the availability and utilization of specialist palliative care services among children with life-threatening conditions in Japan. Design/Methods: A questionnaire was administered to assess the availability of specialist palliative care services among children with life-threatening conditions. All 427 certified regional cancer centers having hospital-based adult palliative care teams, 15 certified children's cancer centers having Pediatric palliative care teams, and 368 medical institutions having a certified palliative care unit, were surveyed. Results: Fifteen percent of adult palliative care teams had experience providing palliative care to children with hematological cancer and 21% had experience with other cancers. More than 90% of Pediatric palliative care teams had experience providing palliative care to children with cancer. In contrast, only 2%-3% of adult palliative care teams and 15% of Pediatric palliative care teams had experience providing care for the non-cancer population. An estimated 12% of children with cancer in Japan used hospital-based palliative care teams in 2015. Eight children used a palliative care unit in 2015 and of those, 7 (88%) had a solid tumor. An estimated 1.3% of children with cancer who died in Japan used a palliative care unit in 2015. Conclusions: An estimated 12% of children with cancer in Japan used hospital-based palliative care teams and an estimated 1.3% of children with cancer who died in Japan used a palliative care unit in 2015.

Citation List Month

December 2018 List

Collection

Citation

Yotani N; Kizawa Y, “Specialist palliative care service for children with life-threatening conditions in Japan: A nationwide survey of resources and utilization,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 26, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15840.

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