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Hospice Approaches to Pediatric Care

Ruth Andrea Seeler, MD
JAMA. 1986;255(1):101. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010111043.
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Hospice is an attitude, not a place! Hospice care can be at home, in a specialty setting, on a general ward (chapter 3), or incorporated into a neonatal intensive care unit (chapter 7). This well-organized monograph reads easily and dispels all of the usual reasons "not to do it."

There are detailed examples of successful programs throughout. The scope is quite broad and includes topics such as respite care for parents of nondying but severely damaged children, as well as the expected coverage of hospice programs and hospitals. This monograph represents a long-overdue compact manual for helping professionals shift to the more relevant modes of palliative care when a cure is no longer possible.

This reviewer thought she had heard of all types of camps, but "Camp Amanda" for bereaved children now tops my list of special children's camps. It represents but one of the many new and existing avenues


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