In the study by Contro et al in the January issue of the ARCHIVES, the authors gathered information from family members of deceased patients treated in their institution with the purpose of using it as a resource for developing palliative programs.1 As stated by the authors, most of the important observations had already been described in the literature by different investigators. However, the authors failed to address one challenge for the medical staff and the parents that has profound importance, namely, the developmental needs of the child.
Nitschke R. Palliative Program Considerations. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(2):207-208. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.2.207