Linda Ferguson, Susan Fowler-Kerry and Richard D.W. Hain

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199595105
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199665020 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks In Palliative Medicine


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As an important role for healthcare professionals in PPC is increasingly being recognized, so the need for adequate education becomes more apparent. This is complicated by the multifaceted nature of the specialty itself, and by the geographical and professional diversity of those working with dying children. Nevertheless, those working with children with life-limiting conditions are linked by a common philosophy, as well as by a number of fundamental scientific and ethical principles that can be taught. Furthermore, technology now means that we can acquire and disseminate such expertise globally. Although this can never replace clinical experience, it can provide a valuable complement, and allows ‘pooling’ of global PPC knowledge. Finally, we have a great deal to learn from what the adult specialty has already achieved. Not only can learners in the paediatric specialty — whether basic students or continuing education participants — gain ‘distilled experience’ by spending time working with adult palliative care teams, but as a specialty we need to look to what has been successful, and what has failed, among learners across the decades and across the world.

Chapter.  10042 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics ; Palliative Medicine

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