The Korean Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care

Definition of Palliative Care for Children and Adolescents.

•Palliative care for children is the active total care of the child’s body, mind and spirit, and also involves giving support to the family.
•It begins when illness is diagnosed, and continues regardless of whether or not a child receives treatment directed at the disease.
•Health providers must evaluate and alleviate a child’s physical, psychological, and social distress.
•Effective palliative care requires a broad multidisciplinary approach that includes the family and makes use of available community resources; it canbe successfully implemented even if resources are limited.
•It can be provided in tertiary care facilities, in community health centers and even in children’s homes.

Source: WHO: Definition of pediatric palliative care [Internet]. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1998 [cited 2019 Jan 28]. Available from:

Korean J Hosp Palliat Care 2019;22:105~116
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