Issues, Challenges, and Potential of Palliative Care in Pediatric Nursing: A Systematic Review

Title

Issues, Challenges, and Potential of Palliative Care in Pediatric Nursing: A Systematic Review

Creator

Widiyanto A; Handayani R; Atmojo J

Publisher

Journal of Maternal and Child Health

Date

2020

Subject

palliative care; palliative nursing; pediatric nursing

Description

Background: Palliative care is an essential right for infants and children with a life-threatening illness. However, palliative care is still unavailable in some developing countries. This study aimed to explore the issues, challenges, and potential of palliative care in pediatric nursing care. Subjects and Method: A systematic review was conducted by searching published articles in PubMed, CINAHL, and EMBASE databases, from year 2000 to 2018. The keywords used for this study included "palliative" AND "children", "palliative" AND "nursing" AND "care", "palliative care" AND "pediatric care". The data were analyzed by PRISMA flow diagram. Results: Palliative care is evolving continuously, meeting new challenges, and expanding beyond the care of terminally ill pediatric patients. A major challenge in palliative care is effective communication. However, only a few communication trainings exist for nurses. Obstacles of palliative care in pediatrics nursing included clinical, operational, and financial factors. However, palliative care has a substantial potential to reduce morbidity in infants and children. In addition, a cohort study conducted in 265 pediatric cancer patients reported that palliative care reduced pain and improved their life expectancy. Conclusion: Palliative care is a comprehensive approach of care and its delivery to pediatric patients is challenging. It has a substantial potential in reducing infant and child morbidity.

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Citation List Month

September 2020 List

Collection

Citation

Widiyanto A; Handayani R; Atmojo J, “Issues, Challenges, and Potential of Palliative Care in Pediatric Nursing: A Systematic Review,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 22, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17212.

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