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Pediatric Palliative Care Ethics and Decision Making 

Pediatric Palliative Care Ethics and Decision Making
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Pediatric Palliative Care Ethics and Decision Making
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Hollye Harrington Jacobs

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0070
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date: 05 April 2020

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Pediatric palliative social workers can improve the care that children and their families receive by providing information and emotional support throughout the decision-making process.

Ethical issues are inherent in the care of children facing potentially life-limiting illness. To prevent an ethical issue from becoming an emotionally laden ethical dilemma, social workers engage in rational discernment and effective communication.

When working with children and their families, sensitivity to cultural and language differences is key to effective communication and decision making.

Because children are in the developmental process with varying abilities to participate in the decisions about their own care, pediatric palliative social workers need competencies in child development, bioethics, and conflict resolution.

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