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Children With HIV/AIDS: A Vulnerable Population With Unique Needs for Palliative Care

Allen, Deborah PhD, RN; Marshall, Elaine Sorensen PhD, RN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: November-December 2008 - Volume 10 - Issue 6 - p 359-367
doi: 10.1097/01.NJH.0000319193.39648.b1
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Children are among the most defenseless of vulnerable populations. Providing palliative care to children with HIV/AIDS presents unique challenges to family, nurses, and the entire healthcare system. Significant issues include the global perspective on the needs of children with HIV/AIDS, family concerns and specific palliative care needs of such children, unique issues of child consent in treatment and research, and future challenges in practice and research as the human immunodeficiency virus continues to evolve. Caring for children with HIV/AIDS and their families presents challenges and specific implications for hospice and palliative nurses.

Author Affiliations: Deborah Allen, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro.

Elaine Sorensen Marshall, PhD, RN, is Professor and Bulloch Hospital Endowed Chair, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro.

Address correspondence to Elaine Sorensen Marshall, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University, PO Office Box 8158, Statesboro, GA 30460-8158 (elainemarshall@georgiasouthern.edu).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2008 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association