Palliative Care as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology

Meaghann S. Weaver, Katherine E. Heinze, Katherine P. Kelly, Lori Wiener, Robert L. Casey, Cynthia J. Bell, Joanne Wolfe, Amy M. Garee, Anne Watson, Pamela S. Hinds

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The study team conducted a systematic review of pediatric and adolescent palliative cancer care literature from 1995 to 2015 using four databases to inform development of a palliative care psychosocial standard. A total of 209 papers were reviewed with inclusion of 73 papers for final synthesis. Revealed topics of urgent consideration include the following: symptom assessment and intervention, direct patient report, effective communication, and shared decision-making. Standardization of palliative care assessments and interventions in pediatric oncology has the potential to foster improved quality of care across the cancer trajectory for children and adolescents with cancer and their family members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S829-S833
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Communication
  • Family-centered care
  • Palliative care
  • Psychosocial support
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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    Weaver, M. S., Heinze, K. E., Kelly, K. P., Wiener, L., Casey, R. L., Bell, C. J., Wolfe, J., Garee, A. M., Watson, A., & Hinds, P. S. (2015). Palliative Care as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 62, S829-S833.