Partners in pediatric palliative care: a program to enhance collaboration between hospital and community palliative care services

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Jun-Jul 2007;24(3):191-5. doi: 10.1177/1049909106298393.


The provision of high-quality palliative care services to dying children and their families often requires extensive collaboration between hospital-based and community-based care teams. This article describes the origins and development of the Partners in Pediatric Palliative Care program, which has provided pediatric-specific educational offerings and fostered joint endeavors between a palliative care service located in a tertiary care children's hospital and a wide range of hospice and home care agencies in 5 states. The Partners in Pediatric Palliative Care program is evaluated in terms of the favorable ratings that attendees have given the educational components, the relatively modest direct costs of mounting the regional meetings, and the expanded capacity to provide home-based palliative services to children and families who desire them. The Partners in Pediatric Palliative Care program provides another feasible means for hospitals and community agencies to work together to improve pediatric palliative care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration
  • United States