Impact of a pediatric palliative care team on resident education in end of life care

Title

Impact of a pediatric palliative care team on resident education in end of life care

Creator

Pennarola B; MacDonell-Yilmaz RE; Sprinz P; Renaud T

Publisher

Progress in Palliative Care

Date

2021

Subject

hospice and palliative medicine; pediatric palliative care; resident education

Description

Introduction: The presence of Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) teams and PPC curricula at teaching hospitals are shown to increase resident physician education in pain and symptom management. However, their impact on residents' comfort in caring for children at the end of life (EOL) is not well studied. We sought to examine whether differences exist in reported levels of experience and education with palliative andEOL care among physicians completing residency before versus after the development of a PPC team. Method(s): We surveyed 329 pediatrics residents and graduates from our medium-sized children's hospital about their experiences and education in providing palliative or EOL care to pediatric patients. We compared responses from residents who completed training prior to the development of a PPC team to those who completed training after its implementation. Result(s): 149 individuals (45%) responded. Participants who completed residency during or after the implementation of the PPC team were more likely to agree that they received education about EOL symptom management (K<sup>2</sup> = 11.58, P < 0.001) and felt comfortable caring for patients at EOL (K <sup>2</sup> = 5.62, P = 0.02). Discussion(s): Our findings suggest a beneficial impact of PPC team presence on pediatrics resident education. When appropriate, involving of pediatrics residents in the care of children approaching EOL should be supported and encouraged. Copyright © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Citation

Pennarola B; MacDonell-Yilmaz RE; Sprinz P; Renaud T, “Impact of a pediatric palliative care team on resident education in end of life care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 18, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17516.

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