Individualised advance care planning in children with life-limiting conditions

Title

Individualised advance care planning in children with life-limiting conditions

Creator

Loeffen EAH; Tissing WJE; Schuiling-Otten MA; de Kruiff CC; Kremer L C M; Verhagen AA; Pediatric Palliative Care-Individualized Care Plan Working Group

Publisher

Archives of Disease in Childhood

Date

2018

Subject

Child Health Services/og [Organization & Administration]; Palliative Care/og [Organization & Administration]; Netherlands; Palliative Care/st [Standards]; Quality of Health Care; Male; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Advance Care Planning/og [Organization & Administration]; Parents/px [Psychology]; Child; Humans; Palliative Care/px [Psychology]; Female; Attitude to Health; Pilot Projects; Advance Care Planning/st [Standards]; Child Health Services/st [Standards]; Evidence-Based Medicine/mt [Methods]; Patient Satisfaction/sn [Statistics & Numerical Data]

Description

INTRODUCTION: In 2013, the Pediatric Association of the Netherlands launched an evidence-based guideline 'Palliative care for children'. To promote implementation in daily practice and hereby improve quality of paediatric palliative care, we aimed to develop a functional individualised paediatric palliative care plan (IPPCP) that covers physical, psychological, spiritual and social functioning, with great emphasis on the guideline's recommendations, advance care planning and patients' and parents' preferences and desires. METHODS: A Dutch working group (28 individuals) with a strong multidisciplinary character developed a draft IPPCP, which was piloted retrospectively and prospectively. In the pilots we completed, the IPPCPs for patients who were recently diagnosed with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition and evaluated completeness, usability and user-friendliness. RESULTS: The final IPPCP comprised five domains: (1) IPPCP data, (2) basics, (3) social, (4) psychosocial and spiritual and (5) physical care. Each domain covered various components. In both pilots, the IPPCP was considered a comprehensive document that covered all areas of paediatric palliative care and was experienced as an improvement to the present situation. However, the current form was regarded to lack user-friendliness. CONCLUSION: We propose a set of essential components of a comprehensive IPPCP for paediatric palliative care with extra attention for advance care planning and anticipatory action. Patients' and parents' preferences and desires are included next to the recommendations of the evidence-based guideline 'Palliative care for children'.

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Loeffen EAH; Tissing WJE; Schuiling-Otten MA; de Kruiff CC; Kremer L C M; Verhagen AA; Pediatric Palliative Care-Individualized Care Plan Working Group, “Individualised advance care planning in children with life-limiting conditions,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16127.

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