Social Determinants of Comfort: A New Way of Conceptualizing Pediatric End-of-Life Care

Title

Social Determinants of Comfort: A New Way of Conceptualizing Pediatric End-of-Life Care

Creator

Mooney-Doyle K; Mendola A; Naumann WC; Svynarenko R; Lindley LC

Publisher

Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing

Date

2022

Subject

Comfort Care; Social Determinants of Health

Description

The social determinants of comfort describe structural conditions that influence whether, to what degree, and in what forms comfort measures are offered to and accepted by people living with serious illness and their families. The notion of social determinants of comfort builds on the well-accepted concept of social determinants of health. Although some guiding palliative care documents begin to address this intersection, deeper understanding and exploration are needed. The goals of this article are to (1) describe and articulate the impact of structural and ecological factors on the comfort children and families can attain near the end of life; (2) describe how to address these factors to support children and families in attaining comfort, and maybe even flourish, at end of life; and (3) provide an agenda for research that addresses how palliative care research can advance health equity and how a focus on equity can advance palliative care science. A variety of inequities reinforce social vulnerability and disadvantage throughout the life span and can have profound effects on children, particularly children with serious illness or at the end of life. Ethical care for these children requires recognition of the social determinants of comfort.

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Citation List Month

November 2022 List

Collection

Citation

Mooney-Doyle K; Mendola A; Naumann WC; Svynarenko R; Lindley LC, “Social Determinants of Comfort: A New Way of Conceptualizing Pediatric End-of-Life Care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed June 22, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18544.