Paediatric Palliative Care
Palliative care for children and adolescents is a relatively new specialty area. It has been developing in Australia since the late 1990s. Although the principles of adult palliative care can be applied to children and adolescents, the context of palliative care for them differs in significant ways. Compared with adults, there are fewer children and adolescents requiring palliative care. In developed countries such as Australia, the number of children and adolescents aged between 0–19 years likely to require palliative care services is estimated as 16 per 10 000. This chapter provides an overview of the issues involved in child and adolescent palliative care, and strategies that can be used in a comprehensive approach to care.
- features of paediatric palliative care
- life-threatening illnesses in children
- understanding paediatric palliative care
- strategies to overcome barriers to paediatric palliative care
- communicating to children about death and dying
- symptom management.