Pain Management in Pediatric Palliative Care

  • Tamara VeselEmail author
  • Patricia O’Malley
  • Benjamin Howard Lee


Pediatric palliative care is an approach to delivering comprehensive, symptom-based, compassionate care to children with chronic complex conditions (CCC) and/or life-threatening conditions which treats the patient and his/her family as the unit of care (family-centered in approach). Palliative care is focused on providing a systematic approach to enhancing quality of life, minimizing suffering, optimizing function, and providing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth (Friebert 2009). Palliative care is concerned with the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual care of children with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. The goal of palliative medicine is to provide the best possible quality of life by providing holistic care at every stage of the illness and, as such, this care is not reserved only for the imminently dying patient.


Family-centered in approach Palliative care, goals Conflicts in ethical practice WHO principles by the ladder “Double effect” Comfort sedation 

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  • Tamara Vesel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patricia O’Malley
  • Benjamin Howard Lee
  1. 1.Dana–Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA

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