Back to Journals » Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare » Volume 1

Effectively using communication to enhance the provision of pediatric palliative care in an acute care setting

Authors Hubble R, Trowbridge Ke, Hubbard C, Ahsens L, Ward-Smith P

Published 6 August 2008 Volume 2008:1 Pages 45—50

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S3854

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2


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

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at https://www.dovepress.com/terms.php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF]