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Paediatric Palliative Care

  • Dermot MurphyEmail author
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Abstract

Death, much like sex, is a topic that adults find hard to discuss among themselves let alone with their children). The conversation may be painful for both parties and there is a natural desire to protect children from harm. This ignores the fact that death is an integral part of childhood and that a failure to have an open conversation about childhood mortality can lead to significant misunderstandings at both an individual and societal levels.

Keywords

Childhood cancer Childhood mortality Paediatric palliative care End of life care and symptoms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Schiehallion UnitRoyal Hospital for Sick Children, YorkhillGlasgow, ScotlandUK

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