What is palliative care?
Palliative Care centers on the child and family's goals for quality of life for the child. An interdisciplinary team (which may include all or some of the following: physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, educational specialists, child life specialists, chaplains, pharmacists, counselors, etc) helps the family and child determine a care plan to address their goals.
The Care plan is then integrated into care across all specialties and care providers with the Interdisciplinary team dedicated to communication and collaboration with all providers who care for the child.
Pain and Symptom management can be addressed holistically.
24/7 access to a palliative care doctor increases patient and family satisfaction and health outcomes and decreases visits to the emergency room and hospital (cutting down health care costs).