Palliative care services for children must adopt a family centred approach

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.284a (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:284
  1. Linda Deeley, Clinical psychologist,
  2. Paul Stallard, Clinical psychologist,
  3. Mary Lewis, Paediatric community nurse,
  4. Simon Lenton, Community paediatrician
  1. lifetime service
  2. child and family therapy service
  3. lifetime service
  4. child health department
  5. Royal United Hospital, Bath BA1 3NG

    EDITOR—The child centred approach adopted in Goldman's article on the special problems of children with life limiting illnesses highlighted the specific needs of ill children that should be considered when a palliative care service is being developed.1 While we agree that this approach is an important step in the development of palliative care, we would argue that any palliative care service should adopt a family centred approach, which considers the needs …

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