Paediatric palliative screening scale as a useful tool for clinicians' assessment of palliative care needs of pediatric patients: a retrospective cohort study

Title

Paediatric palliative screening scale as a useful tool for clinicians' assessment of palliative care needs of pediatric patients: a retrospective cohort study

Creator

Song IG; Kwon SY; Chang YJ; Kim MS; Jeong SH; Hahn SM; Han KT; Park SJ; Choi JY

Publisher

BMC Palliative Care

Date

2021

Subject

Pediatrics; Prognosis; Palliative care; Pediatrician

Description

BACKGROUND: Although the importance of palliative care in pediatric patients has been emphasized, many health care providers have difficulty determining when patients should be referred to the palliative care team. The Paediatric Palliative Screening Scale (PaPaS) was developed as a tool for screening pediatric patients for palliative care needs. The study aimed to evaluate the PaPaS as a reliable tool for primary care clinicians unfamiliar with palliative care. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients referred to the pediatric palliative care teams in two tertiary hospitals in the Republic of Korea between July 2018 and October 2019. RESULTS: The primary clinical and pediatric palliative care teams assessed the PaPaS scores of 109 patients, and both teams reported a good agreement for the sum of the PaPaS score. Furthermore, the PaPaS scores correlated with those obtained using the Lansky performance scale. Although the mean PaPaS score was higher in the pediatric palliative care team, the scores were higher than the cut-off score for referral in both groups. CONCLUSION: The PaPaS can be a useful tool for primary care clinicians to assess the palliative care needs of patients and their families.

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Citation List Month

July 2021 List

Collection

Citation

Song IG; Kwon SY; Chang YJ; Kim MS; Jeong SH; Hahn SM; Han KT; Park SJ; Choi JY, “Paediatric palliative screening scale as a useful tool for clinicians' assessment of palliative care needs of pediatric patients: a retrospective cohort study,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 18, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17608.

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