Pediatric Palliative Care Blog
Pediatric Palliative Care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is medical care for children with serious illnesses and chronic pain issues. This Pediatric Palliative Care Blog site focuses on providing cooperative information for all providers working in the field. To help offer relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, care givers need the tools to collaborate, chart and have common grounds to discuss pediatric palliative care goals for their patients. Our goal is to improve quality of communication between professional by orchestrating the flow of information in a central location, leading to the development of standards of charting for the professionals working in pediatric palliative care.
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Differentiating Pediatric Palliative Care From Adult Palliative Care and the Work Groups Leading the Initiative
To provide palliative care today, hospitals throughout the U.S. have increased initiatives to meet the unique needs of both adults and children. Although there are some commonalities, pediatric palliative care differs from adult palliative care in several ways that preclude the extension of existing adult services into the pediatric world.
The National Alliance for Children with Life-Threatening Conditions brought together change agents and leaders in the field of pediatric hospice and palliative care. This group is expected to evaluate current pediatric palliative care programs, identify problems, and work toward continuous program improvement (www.medscape.com).
We are all looking forward to their findings and furthering the development of pediatric palliative care.