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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

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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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