Children and Issues Around Palliative Care
In 1993, Pediatric Palliative Care (PCC) was defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as compassionate and all-inclusive care when curative treatment is no longer possible. Since then however, PCC has broadened into family-centered care aimed at enhancing quality of life and minimizing suffering of all children with life-threatening conditions, no matter what the outcome of the illness (Field and Behrman, 2003). As described by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2000), the goal of PCC is to add life to the child’s years, not simply years to the child’s life.
KeywordsPalliative Care Advance Care Planning Palliative Care Service Pediatric Palliative Care Pediatric Palliative
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