Palliative Care Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions

Title

Palliative Care Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions

Creator

Hayden J; Larkin MA; Noonan H; Conroy M; Twomey F; O'Reilly V; Gallagher S

Publisher

Irish Journal of Medical Science

Date

2022

Subject

Palliative Therapy; Ireland; Adolescent; Article; Child; Cohort Analysis; Community Support; Controlled Study; Hospice; Human; Major Clinical Study; Male; Nurse; Patient Referral; Place of Death; Residential Care; Retrospective Study; Social Welfare; Terminal Care

Description

Background: Palliative care (PC) for children with life-limiting conditions (LLC) is a holistic approach to achieve the best quality of life. Aim(s): Highlighting collaboration between pediatric and PC services is essential in providing seamless care. Method(s): Retrospective data obtained including patient cohort, disease profile, place of death, and the resource requirements for children with a LLC in the Mid-West region of Ireland over a 7-year period. Result(s): Seventy-seven patients were identified (n = 77); five still receiving care, four discharged, and 68 have died. The cohort ranged in age from 1 day to 17 years with a mean of approximately 6 years. Thirty-five percent of patients were less than 1 year old. Fifty-one percent were male. Seventy-one percent were referred initially to PC for end-of-life care and 29% for symptom management. Forty-four percent had home support services in place prior to referral to PC. An advanced care plan was created for 65%. Of those that died (n = 68), 70.5% died at home, 25% in hospital, and 4.4% in residential care or a children's hospice. The clinical nurse coordinator for children with life-limiting conditions (CNCCLLC) was involved with 88% of patients. The specialist PC teams were involved with 87%; 65 patients had community support, 31 patients had in-hospital support, and 29 patients were seen by both hospital and community services. Conclusion(s): Our study highlights the growing number of LLCs and current pediatric and PC services require further resources and development.Copyright © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

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Citation

Hayden J; Larkin MA; Noonan H; Conroy M; Twomey F; O'Reilly V; Gallagher S, “Palliative Care Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 28, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/18549.