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What is Pediatric Palliative Care?

"Palliative Care is a holistic way of looking at care for children who have serious illnesses. Palliative care helps to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the child and their family." – Sue Bace, Hand in Hand coordinator

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.

CAPC-Center to Advance Palliative Care 2017