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Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care: the role of social work in pediatric oncology.

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  • 1Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival at The School of Social Work, The University og Texas at Austin, , Austin, TX, 78712, USA.


Pediatric oncology social workers are often engaged in the psychosocial care of dying children and their families. Despite their participation on the interdisciplinary team, the role for social work in pediatric palliative and end-of-life care has not been clearly defined. This survey of 131 pediatric oncology social workers identified current and best social work practices for care of children and their families at the end of life. Implications for practice, education, and research are discussed.

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