The First Step to Initiate Pediatric Palliative Care: Identify Patient Needs and Cooperation of Medical Staff

Title

The First Step to Initiate Pediatric Palliative Care: Identify Patient Needs and Cooperation of Medical Staff

Creator

Bae SH; Kim YH

Publisher

Healthcare

Date

2022

Subject

children; Initiation; life-limiting condition; palliative care

Description

Few Korean hospitals had experience in pediatric palliative care. Since the beginning of the national palliative care project, interest in pediatric palliative care has gradually increased, but the establishment of professional palliative care is still inadequate due to a lack of indicators. This study aimed to find considerations in the process of initiating palliative care services. The general and clinical characteristics of 181 patients aged less than 24 years who were registered at the pediatric palliative care center from January 2019 to August 2021 were evaluated. Life-limiting condition group 1 had the largest number of patients. The primary need for palliative care was psychological and emotional support, followed by information sharing and help in communication with the medical staff in decision-making processes. Seventy-two patients were technologically dependent, with one to four technical supports for each patient. The registration of patients with cancer increased with time, and the time from disease diagnosis to consultation for pediatric palliative care service was significantly reduced. In conclusion, before starting pediatric palliative care, it is necessary to understand the needs of patients and their families and to cooperate with medical staff.

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Citation List Month

March 2022 List

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Citation

Bae SH; Kim YH, “The First Step to Initiate Pediatric Palliative Care: Identify Patient Needs and Cooperation of Medical Staff,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 21, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17822.