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Pediatric Palliative Care Ethics and Decision Making

Hollye Harrington Jacobs

in Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199739110
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975143 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0070
Pediatric Palliative Care Ethics and Decision Making

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This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Pediatric palliative social workers can improve the care that children and their families receive by providing information and emotional support throughout the decision-making process.

Ethical issues are inherent in the care of children facing potentially life-limiting illness. To prevent an ethical issue from becoming an emotionally laden ethical dilemma, social workers engage in rational discernment and effective communication.

When working with children and their families, sensitivity to cultural and language differences is key to effective communication and decision making.

Because children are in the developmental process with varying abilities to participate in the decisions about their own care, pediatric palliative social workers need competencies in child development, bioethics, and conflict resolution.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Communication Skills ; Community Medical Services

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