St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital committee identifies eight palliative care priorities in pediatric oncology

20140328-01ASCO POST (American Society of Clinical Oncology), 2014;5(5). About 2½ years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis conducted a series of focus groups to better understand the palliative care priorities of bereaved parents. Their findings were never intended to be generalized, but rather to be used to formulate a strategic plan for an institutional palliative care initiative. Because pediatric oncology issues are best addressed in a family-centered care manner, the authors strongly recommend the formation of institutional task forces formed by pediatric oncology leaders, health-care providers, and family members to promptly identify strategies to evaluate and improve these aspects of care…read more

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