Home-based end of life care for children and their families - a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis

Title

Home-based end of life care for children and their families - a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis

Creator

Malcolm C; Knighting K; Taylor C

Publisher

Journal of pediatric nursing

Date

2020

Subject

end-of-life care; home care; palliative care; pediatrics

Description

PROBLEM: There is a growing international drive to deliver children's palliative care services closer to home. Families should have choice of where end of life (EOL) care is provided with home as one option. This review aims to establish the current international evidence base relating to children's EOL care at home. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: A systematic scoping review was conducted in accordance with PRISMA-ScR reporting guidelines. Seven databases were searched to identify papers published between 2000 and 2018. Eligibility criteria included papers reporting children's EOL care with specific relation to: home being the preferred place of death; services providing EOL care at home; family experiences of receiving support when their child died at home and professionals' experiences of delivering this care. SAMPLE: Twenty-three papers met the eligibility criteria and were included in the review. RESULT(S): Engagement of families in EOL care planning discussions was identified as a key factor to facilitate choice of setting. Consistent themes from the data suggest that providing access to care in the home 24/7 by a team of professionals with specialist pediatric palliative care knowledge is an essential aspect of any model of home-based EOL care. DISCUSSION AND APPLICATION TO PRACTICE: This is the first comprehensive review of home-based EOL care for children which offers a valuable contribution to policy, practice and research. The evidence mapped and synthesised in this review can inform the development of services to facilitate the provision of EOL care at home in line with the unique wishes and needs of children and families. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Citation

Malcolm C; Knighting K; Taylor C, “Home-based end of life care for children and their families - a systematic scoping review and narrative synthesis,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 14, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17259.

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