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OBJECTIVES - To describe selected components of pediatric palliative care from diagnosis to cure or end of life that combine to help nurses and other clinicians achieve goals of care for children with cancer and their families.
DATA SOURCES - Published articles.
CONCLUSION - Pediatric palliative care is characterized by diversity of care delivery models; effect of cancer on the family as the central focus of care; and consideration of culture, spirituality, communication, and ethical standards. End-of-life issues that can be anticipated by nurses and other clinicians include symptoms of cancer or its treatment, the importance of hopefulness, the relevance of trying to be a good parent in decision making, the meaning of legacy making of ill children, and family bereavement.
IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE - Direct nursing care strategies to achieve pediatric palliative care goals are vital to reduce child and family suffering from cancer.
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