Neonatal palliative care: A single site clinical audit


Neonatal palliative care: A single site clinical audit


Gill K; Weir K; Delaney A; Moloney S; Herbert A; Noyes M; Hong T; Broadbent A; Scuffham P; Mickan S



Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health




cause of death; newborn; terminal care; major clinical study; retrospective study; newborn death; hospital admission; conference abstract; human; child; female; male; social work; palliative therapy; clinical audit; speech; bereavement support; physiotherapy; gold; music therapy; nursing staff; seashore


Background: Best practice, palliative and end-of-life care (EOLC) enhances symptom management and quality-of-life for individuals who are palliative and dying, and their families. Although Gold Coast Health (GCH) has a dedicated, interdisciplinary palliative care service (including allied health) for adults, no equivalent local neonatal/paediatric service exists, highlighting inequity of access to care based on age. This project investigated allied health service usage of neonates requiring palliative and EOLC and their families in GCH. Method(s): A retrospective clinical audit was conducted to map the patient journey of all neonatal deaths within GCH between September 2013 and May 2018. Variables included: number, place and cause of death, diagnoses, number/reasons for hospital admissions, frequency and type of allied health interventions received. Result(s): 66 neonatal deaths were identified. 62 deaths occurred at GCUH, 2 elsewhere, and 2 at home. Of the 127 interventions carried out (excluding daily nursing staff) 72 were provided by acute service allied health professionals. Proportion of AH interventions included Social Work (85%), Physiotherapy (11%), Speech Pathology (3%), and Music Therapy (1%). Only 1 neonate was registered with QPPCS, however 20 received palliation. Full data will be presented. Conclusion(s): GCH requires a funded, appropriately resourced, interdisciplinary palliative care and bereavement service for neonates and children to ensure our families are provided with equitable access to evidence based, local services across the continuum of care (including in-the-home).

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Gill K; Weir K; Delaney A; Moloney S; Herbert A; Noyes M; Hong T; Broadbent A; Scuffham P; Mickan S, “Neonatal palliative care: A single site clinical audit,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 9, 2022,

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