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Communication in Pediatrics 

Communication in Pediatrics
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Communication in Pediatrics
Author(s):

Janet Duncan

and Kathie Kobler

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190204747.003.0062
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date: 22 October 2019

Communication is an essential component of high-quality pediatric palliative care in the inpatient, clinic, and community settings. Standards and guidelines set forth by the National Consensus Project, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization emphasize the importance of expert, effective, and developmentally appropriate communication between the palliative care team and the child and family. The team often meets a child at moments of critical need or during a significant change in the child’s condition. The team works collaboratively, drawing upon each member’s strengths and expertise to establish a relationship and foster trust with the child and parents. The team strives to understand the child’s and parents’ perceptions about the serious illness and issues at hand, balancing family preferences for care with the team’s collective expertise to create an individualized plan of care.

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