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Health Agencies Update
February 26, 2014

Palliative Care for Pediatric Patients

JAMA. 2014;311(8):791. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.1335

Use of palliative care can help ease pain and improve quality of life for pediatric patients with serious illnesses, but physicians and parents may be hesitant to discuss such measures. To help get the conversation started, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) has created a set of online resources.

The goal of palliative care is to provide comprehensive treatment for discomfort, symptoms, and stress related to a patient’s illness, according to a statement from NINR. Palliative care services may also provide support for parents caring for an ill child.