Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2021

Publisher

Elsevier

Source Publication

Seminars in Oncology Nursing

Source ISSN

0749-2081

Abstract

Objectives

To describe palliative, concurrent, and hospice care in pediatric oncology in the United States (US), we present a clinical scenario illustrating palliative and hospice care, including eligibility for concurrent care, insurance coverage and billing, barriers to accessing quality pediatric palliative and hospice care, and implications for oncology nursing practice.

Data Sources

Peer-reviewed articles, clinical practice guidelines, professional organizations, and expert clinical opinion examining pediatric oncology, palliative care, and hospice care.

Conclusion

Understanding the goals of palliative and hospice care and the differences between them is important in providing holistic, goal-directed care.

Implications for Nursing Practice

Oncology nurses play a pivotal role in supporting the goals of pediatric palliative care and hospice care and in educating patients and their families. Nurses form trusting relationships with pediatric oncology patients and their families and are in a position to advocate for best palliative care practices as disease progresses to end of life, including when appropriate concurrent care or hospice.

Comments

Accepted version. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, Vol. 37, No. 3 (June 2021): 151166. DOI. © 2021 Elsevier. Used with permission.

Available for download on Wednesday, June 01, 2022

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