Pediatric Palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. Pediatric palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a child’s other doctors as an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of an illness and can be provided along with treatment meant to cure. Above all, pediatric palliative care is family-centered. It helps with communication and coordination of care.
Pediatric palliative care is a major focus area in medicine today, attracting national attention for its whole-family and multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare. If you or someone you know is caring for a seriously ill child, please consider the resources below for additional information about palliative care.
Research has shown that pediatric palliative care services may increase overall satisfaction with care for patients and their families. Yet, many pediatric health care providers hesitate to recommend palliative care for their patients, and parents and caregivers are often unaware of its benefits.
- American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- Center to Advance Palliative Care
- Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- NIH Palliative Care: Conversations Matter
- Palliative Care for Children
- Pediatric Palliative Care: Making The Case
- Pediatric Palliative Care Field Guide