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Commentary
April 05, 2010

Pediatric DeathA Focus on Health Care Providers

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Wake Forest University for Medical Sciences, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(4):311-313. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.21

While recently preparing a grand rounds presentation, I was struck by the limited research concerning the emotional reaction of health care providers and how they cope with pediatric death. There is a well-developed literature for health care providers on how to work with dying children and their families juxtaposed by a plethora of articles on provider “burnout.” Studies on how health care providers react to and cope with pediatric death are scarce and predominantly based on research from other countries, including Greece, Israel, and Canada.13

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