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[Development of a specialised paediatric palliative home care service]

Publication year
2009
Author(s)
Kuhlen, M.; Balzer, S.; Richter, U.; Fritsche-Kansy, M.; Friedland, C.; Borkhardt, A.; Janssen, G.
Pages
186-92
Volume
221
Number
3

In Germany annually 1,500-3,000 children die from life-limiting diseases. Symptoms and course of disease differ considerably depending on the character of the underlying disease. Due to the desire of the children and their families to spend the end of life at home a paediatric palliative home care service was founded at the university children’s hospital of Duesseldorf. In the last 20 years a specialised paediatric palliative team evolved from an unstructured voluntary activity. Prospective aims are an area-wide professional supply of all paediatric palliative patients and the improvement of the cooperation with the resident paediatrician and paediatric palliative nursing services. Furthermore the establishment of networks as well as a proper communication among the professionals is inalienable.

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