Effectively using communication to enhance the provision of pediatric palliative care in an acute care setting

J Multidiscip Healthc. 2008 Aug 1;1:45-50. doi: 10.2147/jmdh.s3854.


The capability of effectively communicating is crucial when providing palliative care, especially when the patient is a child. Communication among healthcare professionals with the child and family members must be clear, concise, and consistent. Use of a communication tool provides documentation for conversations, treatment plans, and specific desires related to care. This paper describes communication theory, portrays the use of this theory to develop a communication tool, and illustrates the use of this tool by multidisciplinary members of a healthcare team to provide pediatric palliative care.

Keywords: communication; palliative care; pediatrics.