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Palliative Care Initiation in Pediatric Oncology Patients: A Systematic Review
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4488815
Author(s) Cheng, Brian T.; Röst, Michael; De Clercq, Eva; Arnold, Louisa; Elger, Bernice; Wangmo, Tenzin
Author(s) at UniBasel De Clercq, Eva
Rost, Michael
Elger, Bernice Simone
Wangmo, Tenzin
Year 2018
Title Palliative Care Initiation in Pediatric Oncology Patients: A Systematic Review
Journal Cancer medicine
Volume 8
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 3-12

Palliative care (PC) aims to improve quality of life for patients and their families. The World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that PC starts at diagnosis for children with cancer. This systematic review describes studies that reported PC timing in the pediatric oncology population. The following databases were searched: PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL, and PsycInfo data-bases. Studies that reported time of PC initiation were independently screened and reviewed by 2 researchers. Studies describing pilot initiatives, published prior to 1998, not written in English, or providing no empirical time information on PC were excluded. Extracted data included sample characteristics and timing of PC discus-sion and initiation. Of 1120 identified citations, 16 articles met the inclusion criteria and comprised the study cohort. Overall, 54.5% of pediatric oncology patients re-ceived any palliative service prior to death. Data revealed PC discussion does not occur until late in the illness trajectory, and PC does not begin until close to time of death. Despite efforts to spur earlier initiation, many pediatric oncology patients do not receive any palliative care service, and those who do, predominantly receive it near the time of death. Delays occur both at first PC discussion and at PC initiation. Efforts for early PC integration must recognize the complex determinants of PC uti-lization across the illness timeline.

Publisher Wiley
ISSN/ISBN 2045-7634
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1002/cam4.1907
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000456858100001
Document type (ISI) Journal Article, Review

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