Thursday, 5 June 2008

Can the death of a child be good?

Can the death of a child be good?
Journal of pediatric nursing, Apr 2008, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 120-5, 37 refs
Fifty-four thousand children die each year despite the advances in care for children with acute and chronic illnesses. Demands for improved palliative and end-of-life care for children exist. Good death is a concept frequently used in the adult hospice movement. However, how can the death of a child be good? Analysis of good death can assist pediatric nurses to understand the concept and provide a framework for nurses in the clinical and research arenas to work together to develop and provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate care for dying children and their families.

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