At least 20 million children would benefit from Pediatric Palliative Care (PPC) annually,
and 8 million children would need specialized PPC services. In the USA alone, more than
42,000 children 0-19 years died in 2013, fifty-five percent of them infants younger than 1 year.
This article aims to critically review eight common assumptions, myths and barriers, which may
hinder the implementation of PPC into the care of a child with advanced serious illness. Interdisciplinary
PPC is about matching treatment to patient goals and is considered specialized medical
care for children with serious illness. It is focused on relieving pain, distressing symptoms, and
stress of a serious illness and appropriate at any age and at any stage, together with curative treatment.
The primary goal is to improve the quality of life of the child and his or her family. Emerging
evidence shows, that palliative care involvement results in improved quality of life as well as
prolongation of life.
Keywords: Child, interdisciplinary, pediatric palliative care, prognosis, serious illness, prolongation.
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