Predictors of location of death for children receiving palliative care
More than one third of all children with cancer in the United States die in an institutional setting
In the United States, cancer is the leading cause of death associated with disease in childhood. More than one third of children diagnosed with cancer will die in a hospital setting and a significant number of those die in intensive care. Previous studies have identified that dying in this high acuity environment, which typically features close monitoring and frequent interventions, is often associated with increased suffering at the end of life and a significantly worse response to bereavement by parents.
To determine if there were patient-specific variables that influenced or predicted place of care and place of death, this American retrospective cohort study examined data from 321 paediatric oncology patients who had died while enrolled onto a palliative care service between 2011...
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