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The impact of a palliative care team on residents' experiences and comfort levels with pediatric palliative care
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  • Kelly Wu, MD, Baystate Health
  • Jennifer Friderici, Baystate Health
  • Sarah Goff, MD, Baystate Health
Document Type
Article, Peer-reviewed
Publication Date
1-1-2014
Abstract

Abstract Background: 8,600 children are eligible for palliative care services each day in the US, yet many pediatric residents and pediatricians do not feel comfortable providing palliative/end of life care. Objective: To evaluate the impact of a palliative care team (PCT) on pediatric and internal medicine/pediatric (IM/Peds) residents knowledge, comfort level and experience providing pediatric palliative care (PPC). Design: Electronic 32-item questionnaire. Subjects: Pediatric and IM/Peds residents at ACGME accredited programs during the 2011-2012 academic year. Measurements: Residents' PPC training, knowledge, comfort levels and experiences. Results: Nearly two-thirds of 294 respondents (63.6%; 95% CI: 58.2, 69.1) selected a description of PPC that describes palliative care as starting at the time of diagnosis regardless of treatment goals. Participants who reported the presence of a PCT at their institution selected this accurate description of PPC more often than those who did not report the presence of a PCT (72.3% vs. 53.3%; p

Citation Information
Wu KL, Friderici J, Goff SL. The impact of a palliative care team on residents' experiences and comfort levels with pediatric palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2014 Jan;17(1):80-4.