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of 'Pediatric palliative care'

Issues related to providing quality pediatric palliative care in the community.
Carroll JM, Torkildson C, Winsness JS
Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007;54(5):813.
The medical practitioner in the community is in a unique position to assist children and their families from the time of diagnosis with a life-threatening condition through to the end of life. The purpose of this article is to inform medical practitioners who care for children with complex, chronic, and life-limiting conditions about pediatric palliative care in the community. It is intended as a guide to improve understanding about (1) the misconceptions and barriers surrounding the provision of care in the community for children with chronic, complex, and life-limiting conditions; (2) the availability of services for care in the community; (3) challenges concerning out-of hospital do-not-attempt-resuscitation orders for children; and (4) reimbursement issues that impact the provision of care.
The Pediatric Advanced Care Team, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. carrollJ@email.chop.edu