The pediatric surgeon and palliative care.

TitleThe pediatric surgeon and palliative care.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFeudtner C, Blinman TA
JournalSemin Pediatr Surg
Date Published2013 Aug
KeywordsAdolescent, Child, Child, Preschool, Communication, Family, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Specialties, Surgical

Palliative care is now a core component of pediatric care for children and families who are confronting serious illness with a low likelihood of survival. Pediatric surgeons, in partnership with pediatric palliative care teams, can play a pivotal role in assuring that these patients receive the highest possible quality of care. This article outlines a variety of definitions and conceptual frameworks, describes decision-making strategies and communication techniques, addresses issues of interdisciplinary collaboration and personal self-awareness, and illustrates these points through a series of case vignettes, all of which can help the pediatric surgeon perform the core tasks of pediatric palliative care.

Alternate JournalSemin. Pediatr. Surg.
PubMed ID23870210