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29 January 2018

The Unique Nature of Pediatric Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care is distinctly different than adult palliative care. When diagnosed with a serious illness, children are not in a position to make important medical decisions such as life-prolonging therapies or advance care planning. In order for the discipline to grow, philanthropic organizations like the Cambia Health Foundation are needed to help spur innovation in places like the Bridges Program at OHSU Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital.
 
Recently, Peggy Maguire, President and Board Chair of the Cambia Health Foundation, and Kathy Perko, Program Director of the Bridges Palliative Care Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, were interviewed by the Center to Advance Palliative Care to discuss the important role of pediatric palliative care. The interview was based on the Foundation’s recently published white paper Pediatric Palliative Care: Making Every Day the Best It Can Be.
 
Read the full post on the CAPC blog Serving Seriously Ill Children and their Families: A Partnership in Pediatric Palliative Care