Uncertainty in prognosis a key barrier to end-of-life care for children

Stephenson, Michelle
March 2008
Hem/Onc Today;3/10/2008, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p55
This article discusses the findings of a study conducted at the University of California in San Francisco, which determined the perspectives of staff members about end-of-life care for children. It also revealed that many of the barriers to end-of-life care for children are different from barriers to end-of-life care for adults. Examples of barriers include uncertainties in prognosis, discrepancies in treatment goals between staff and family members and barriers to communication.


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