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Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice: Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Advance your competence in caring for those with serious illness. This module focuses on pediatric palliative care (PPC) including key concepts in PPC, effective communication strategies with patients and their families, as well as assessing and managing pain, nonpain, and refractory symptoms, anticipatory, normal, and pathological grief, and interventions to support families through bereavement.

Upon completion of this online module, the learner should be better able to:
• Define pediatric palliative care (PPC) and related concepts
• Use effective communication techniques when discussing palliative care, chronic conditions, terminal illness, and death with children and their families
• Recognize anticipatory, normal, and pathologic grief and initiate effective interventions to help families through their bereavement
• Initiate effective management of psychological issues related to children with life-threatening conditions
• Identify ethical and legal issues related to palliative care for pediatric patients
• Assess and manage pain and opioid-related side effects in pediatric patients
• Assess and manage nonpain symptoms in pediatric patients
• Manage the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suffering surrounding a child's death

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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative care. Learn more.


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