Palliative Care

Overview

Pediatric palliative care provides interdisciplinary, comprehensive care for children and families. Palliative care is whole-person care (meaning: focused on physical, psychosocial, and spiritual healing) and whole-family care (meaning: focused on a child or adolescent within the context of a family and a community).

Palliative care is an approach to care that strives to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Pediatric palliative care focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering through early identification, attentive assessment, and compassionate treatment of pain and other symptoms. The palliative care team partners with patients, families, and the primary medical team to develop a collaborative plan of care to help meet the goals and needs of each child and family.

Goal

Palliative care aims to enhance the quality of life for each child in a developmentally appropriate way and within the context of each family’s values.