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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].

Pediatric palliative care, including the approach to developing palliative care plans, establishing goals of care, symptom management, and end-of-life care in children, will be discussed in this topic. Other aspects of palliative care are discussed in separate topic reviews:

(See "Evaluation and management of pain in children".)

(See "Palliative care delivery in the home".)

(See "Ethical issues in palliative care".)


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