NURS 601B DQ Pediatric vs Adult Palliative Care

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NURS 601B DQ Pediatric vs Adult Palliative Care

NURS 601B DQ Pediatric vs Adult Palliative Care

Please respond to the discussion prompt.

Discuss the differences and similarities between the adult and pediatric preventative care visits. What are the goals of patient education and counseling related to preventive care? Give examples.

Use at least one scholarly source other than your textbook to connect your response to national guidelines and evidence-based research in support of your ideas. This is required. In addition, you may also provide an example case, either from personal experience or from the media, which illustrates and supports your ideas.  All sources must be referenced and cited using correct APA (including a link to the source).

People who care for ill children know that their needs are very different from those of adult patients. As anyone who works in pediatrics knows, children are not simply little adults!

Children experience a variety of complex illnesses that are not seen in adults. Even illnesses that are seen in adults can act differently in children because of their unique anatomy and physiology. Children are also growing and developing as they go through an illness. Therefore, all specialized medical care, including palliative care, must be tailored to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents.

Palliative care can be helpful to all people living with a serious illness and at any stage of their disease. This is particularly the case in children, because they are resilient in illness in ways that adults are not.

Similarities include:

Differences include:

  • Having a serious illness is not a “normal” condition for most children. This presents unique challenges in caring for the children and their families.
  • Medical decisions for young children are usually made by their family caregivers. Adult patients may make their own decisions.
  • Pediatric palliative care can also involve a play therapist, child life therapist and/or child behavioral specialist.
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