Paediatric palliative care for the generalist

South African Family Practice

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Title Paediatric palliative care for the generalist
Creator Ambler, Julia F. Bell, Christoffel H.
Subject Paediatrics; palliative care; palliative medicine paediatric; paediatric palliative care; holistic care; health-related suffering; physical; psychological; social; spiritual; disability; life-limiting illness
Description Palliative care has been defined as ‘the active holistic care of individuals across all ages with serious health-related suffering due to severe illness, and especially of those near the end of life’. Unfortunately, palliative care and especially paediatric palliative care remain a neglected area of medicine and are widely misunderstood, with few healthcare providers having any formal training in South Africa. To relieve health-related suffering, healthcare providers must understand that the field is not limited to end-of-life care for the terminally ill, and holistic care (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) should commence at the time of diagnosis of a serious illness. It is imperative that all healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills to provide this essential care across all levels of care and disciplines. The article aims to raise awareness and show how to practically implement palliative care through case studies.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Umduduzi - Hospice Care for Children Butterfly Palliative Home
Date 2023-04-20
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Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v65i1.5722
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 65, No 1 (2023): Part 2; 5 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Julia F. Ambler, Christoffel H. Bell