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Pediatric palliative care

Julie Hauer, MD
Section Editor
David G Poplack, MD
Deputy Editor
Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Pediatric palliative care is an interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks to improve the quality of life of all children with life-threatening conditions, as well as their families [1]. It focuses on prevention and relief of suffering, regardless of the stage of disease, and comprehensively addresses the physical, psychosocial, or spiritual needs of the child and family [2-4].

Although the principles of palliative care are the same in children and adults, the implementation of care is substantially different because of the following:

Varied cognitive abilities and emotional maturity of the child or adolescent.

Differences in the causes of life-threatening illness.

Differences in emotional and psychological issues regarding seriously ill children.


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