Effectively using communication to enhance the provision of pediatric palliative care in an acute care setting
Rosemary Hubble, Kelly Trowbridge, Claudia Hubbard, Leslie Ahsens, Peggy Ward-Smith
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO, USA
Abstract: The capability of effectively communicating is crucial when providing palliative care, especially when the patient is a child. Communication among healthcare professionals with the child and family members must be clear, concise, and consistent. Use of a communication tool provides documentation for conversations, treatment plans, and specific desires related to care. This paper describes communication theory, portrays the use of this theory to develop a communication tool, and illustrates the use of this tool by multidisciplinary members of a healthcare team to provide pediatric palliative care.
Keywords: palliative care, communication, pediatrics
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