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
Volume22
Issue3
Pagination154-60
Date Published2013 Aug
ISSN1532-9453
KeywordsAdolescent, Child, Child, Preschool, Communication, Family, Humans, Infant, Infant, Newborn, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Specialties, Surgical
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2013.05.004
Alternate JournalSemin. Pediatr. Surg.
PubMed ID23870210