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Pediatric Palliative Care Revisited: A Vision to Add Life

Foster, Terrah L. PhD(c), RN, CPNP

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: July-August 2007 - Volume 9 - Issue 4 - p 212-219
doi: 10.1097/01.NJH.0000280234.56535.5f

The concept of pediatric palliative care should be analyzed to gain a better understanding of how to address the needs of children living with life-threatening illnesses. According to Walker and Avant, this article identifies uses of the concept, defines its critical attributes, describes a model case, describes additional cases, and identifies antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents. The analysis is useful to researchers and clinicians with a focus on pediatric palliative care. Hypotheses can then accurately reflect relationships among variables in the field, and new tools can be developed to determine the presence of pediatric palliative care.

Terrah L. Foster, PhD(c), RN, CPNP, is a doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN.

Address correspondence to Terrah L. Foster, PhD(c), RN, CPNP, 461 21st Ave. South, 416 Godchaux Hall, Nashville, TN 37240 (e-mail:

© 2007 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association