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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Sep;12(9):422-7.

Respite care for children, young people and families--are their needs addressed?

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Biology Centre, Queen's University Belfast, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 7BL.


In recent years there has been an increasing demand for respite care in the community setting, as advances in medicine and technology have enhanced the life expectancy of children and young people with a life-limiting illness. However, the need for flexible respite provision in the home frequently presents a challenge for those health care professionals involved in caring for these children and their families. Following a review of literature this paper will demonstrate how a family-centred approach to respite provision and palliative care can enhance the quality of life for a child nearing the end of life and support the expressed needs of the child's family with accessible respite care.

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