Pediatric End-of-Life Issues and Palliative Care

Kelly Nicole Michelson, David M. Steinhorn

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Optimizing the quality of medical care at the end of life has achieved national status as an important health care goal. Palliative care, a comprehensive approach to treating the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their families, requires the coordinated efforts of a multidisciplinary group of caregivers. Understanding the basic principles of palliative care can aid emergency department staff in identifying patients who could benefit from palliative care services and in managing the challenging situations that arise when such patients present to the hospital. In this article, we present the overall philosophy of pediatric palliative care, describe key elements of quality palliative care, and identify additional referral sources readers can access for more information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-219
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • palliative care
  • pediatric critical care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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