The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined appopriate palliative care for a child with a life-threatening illness.


Palliative care for a child should:

(1) provide total care (to body, mind and spirit)

(2) provide support to the family

(3) provide relief from pain

(4) provide relief from other distressing symptoms (physical, psychological, social, etc)

(5) begin as soon as possible after the diagnosis has been made

(6) continue throughout the course of the illness

(7) be delivered by a multi-disciplinary team if possible

(8) be available anywhere


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