End-of-Life Care in Pediatrics. Ethics, Controversies, and Optimizing the Quality of Death.

Rajit K. Basu*

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Abstract

Hospitalized children constitute most annual pediatric deaths in the United States. The details of " how-to" provide end-of-life (EOL) care are not consistently taught to staff and therefore the actual delivery of EOL care is often inconsistent and invariably negatively associated with the long-term mental health of both the patient's family and care providers. This review describes the pertinent aspects of end-of-life care in pediatrics. Finally, a framework to optimize the quality of death is described, which underscores the importance of synchrony between the care team and the family at the end of a child's life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-739
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Pediatric end-of-life care
  • Quality of death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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