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End-of-life care in pediatrics: ethics, controversies, and optimizing the quality of death

Journal title
Pediatric clinics of North America
Publication year
2013
Author(s)
Basu, R. K.
Pages
725-39
Volume
60
Number
3

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.

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