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Overcoming Barriers, 1 Child at a Time: An Innovative Approach to Community-Based Pediatric Palliative Care Services

Cormack, Carrie DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC; Phillips, Shannon M. PhD, RN; McDaniel, Christina RN, MSN, CHPPN

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: October 2016 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 459–463
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000275
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Children with complex chronic conditions and their families face multiple health issues, including navigating the health care system, which can be improved through palliative care services. Children nearing end of life may qualify for hospice care services, but for other children living with complex chronic conditions, a gap remains in the services being provided. This article provides a case example of a charter school for children with complex needs in the southeastern United States that is collaborating with a pediatric hospice and palliative care provider to incorporate palliative care into comprehensive services. The plan for implementation, anticipated benefits, and potential barriers are discussed.

Carrie Cormack, DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC, is instructor, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Shannon M. Phillips, PhD, RN, is assistant professor, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Christina McDaniel, RN, MSN, CHPPN, is regional director of operations, Ark Hospice, South Carolina.

Address correspondence to Carrie Cormack, DNP, APRN, CPNP-BC, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, 99 Jonathan Lucas St, Charleston, SC 29425 (cormackc@musc.edu).

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2016 by The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.