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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Dec;62 Suppl 5:S829-33. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25695.

Palliative Care as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology.

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1
Department of Oncology, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC.
2
Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.
3
School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
4
Department of Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC.
5
Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
6
Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado.
7
College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
8
Hospice of Michigan Institute, Detroit, Michigan.
9
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
10
Department of Oncology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.
11
Department of Critical Care Medicine, Children's National Health System, Washington, DC.
12
Department of Pediatrics, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Abstract

The study team conducted a systematic review of pediatric and adolescent palliative cancer care literature from 1995 to 2015 using four databases to inform development of a palliative care psychosocial standard. A total of 209 papers were reviewed with inclusion of 73 papers for final synthesis. Revealed topics of urgent consideration include the following: symptom assessment and intervention, direct patient report, effective communication, and shared decision-making. Standardization of palliative care assessments and interventions in pediatric oncology has the potential to foster improved quality of care across the cancer trajectory for children and adolescents with cancer and their family members.

KEYWORDS:

communication; family-centered care; palliative care; psychosocial support; quality of life

PMID:
26700928
PMCID:
PMC5198905
DOI:
10.1002/pbc.25695
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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