Palliative Care (Pediatric)

Purpose:

To receive exposure to pediatric palliative care in the hospital, home and hospice settings in the context of end of life care, respite care and transition home from hospital. To receive exposure to pain and symptom management at the end of life and through the course of chronic serious illness.

Objectives:

  • To educate the student about pediatric palliative care;
  • To illustrate an integrated multidisciplinary approach to care including care in hospital, at home and in the hospice setting;
  • To improve knowledge about pain and symptom management during chronic illness as well as in end of life situations;
  • To improve communication skills

Description:

The student will be given the opportunity to observe history taking and physical examination in children referred to the CHEO pediatric palliative care program in the hospital and hospice setting. Emphasis will be placed upon exposure to the scope of palliative care in a pediatric setting and the differences from adult palliative care. Exposure may include pain and symptom management at end of life and during chronic life limiting illness. Patients seen may include children with cancer, neurodegenerative or metabolic conditions or major congenital anomalies. The student will have the opportunity to examine patients and be involved in communication with children and families referred to the program. The care is arranged in a team approach and in addition to the supervisor the team may include a resident or fellow as well as nurses, social workers and many multidisciplinary members of allied health.

Location: Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Rogers House, community

Duration: 2-4 weeks

No. of Students: 1

Available for: Clinical clerks only

Prerequisite: Must have done at least 2 weeks of elective in Adult Palliative Care.

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