Paediatric palliative care

Max Watson, Caroline Lucas, Andrew Hoy and Jo Wells

in Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234356
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199598847 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Paediatric palliative 						care

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This chapter on paediatric palliative care covers who needs paediatric palliative care, the differences between paediatric and adult palliative care, ethical issues, psychosocial needs in paediatric palliative care, supporting the sick child, supporting parents, parents’ needs and the role of the health professional, sibling needs, community-based care, bereavement, strategies for self-care, and the Association for Children with Life Threatening or Terminal Conditions and their Families (ACT) Charter. The second half of the chapter is divided into the common symptoms experienced by very ill children and outlines a management system for each. There is also an emergency drugs summary.

Chapter.  31088 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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