Development and delivery of a one-stop multidisciplinary clinic to provide comprehensive palliative and supportive care for children with cancer

Title

Development and delivery of a one-stop multidisciplinary clinic to provide comprehensive palliative and supportive care for children with cancer

Creator

Anis H; Taluja A; Chuki T; Crack L; Arora R; Bagai P

Identifier

Publisher

Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Date

2018

Subject

pain; social support; caregiver; terminal care; education; major clinical study; psychologist; outpatient; cancer patient; hospital patient; holistic care; malignant neoplasm; antibiotic agent; conference abstract; financial management; physiotherapist; human; child; female; male; palliative therapy; drug therapy; multidisciplinary team; doctor nurse relation; ambulatory care; dietitian; nutritional counseling; patient coding; physiotherapy; wound

Description

Background/Objectives: To address a service gap at the primary treating Center arising from patient overload and on holidays/weekends, Cankids Pediatric Palliative Care Center in Delhi was providing children with cancer inpatient admissions and ambulatory care IV antibiotics. Other Cankids Social Support services were generally not being offered. Objective of this service was to run a One-stop Social Support Clinic providing holistic care and strengthening Palliative Care Outpatient and Inpatient Services. Design/Methods: Pilot phase of the Clinic (Mar-Sep 2017) supplemented the ambulatory care service with additional access to Pain, Symptom, Wound Management, Psychological and Nutritional Counselling, Physiotherapy, Educational, Financial Support and Patient Navigation along with care giver education by trained professional team. The Clinic operated seven days a week, with 68 clinics, providing 11 services. Providers were trained for Patient Navigation and referrals, Standard Operational Procedures and Patient data management. Results: Total 1,204 patients received 7,101 episodes of care. 195(16%) patients received Palliation of symptoms. Indication for inpatient admissions in 8 out of 64 were for end of life care. 23(62%) of 37 new inpatient admissions were from the Clinic. 261 (57%) of 456 patients who came for IV Ambulatory Care received other social support services including Pain, Symptom Management, Psychological, Nutritional, Hematological Support, Physiotherapy, Medical assistance and Investigations and Educational Scholarships. 25 Patient Care Training Sessions were attended by 347 caregivers. 62.6% participants were extremely satisfied and 37.6% satisfied with the services provided. Conclusions: A well run Social Support One-stop Clinic together with a Multi Disciplinary Team including Palliative Care Physicians, Nurses, Psychologists, Nutritionists,Physiotherapists and Patient Navigators at the Pediatric Palliative Care Center provides enhanced holistic care and a better understanding and acceptance of palliative care. It also provides a platform and the time for parent education on how to care for their child during treatment at home and in the hospital setting.

Citation List Month

Oncology 2018 List

Collection

Citation

Anis H; Taluja A; Chuki T; Crack L; Arora R; Bagai P, “Development and delivery of a one-stop multidisciplinary clinic to provide comprehensive palliative and supportive care for children with cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 1, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16046.

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