Pediatric palliative care provision around the world: a systematic review

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011 Sep;57(3):361-8. doi: 10.1002/pbc.23100. Epub 2011 Mar 17.


Pediatric palliative care is recommended by many organizations. Yet, there is no information available on the progress that has been made in providing this care or the gaps that still exist in provision around the world. We conducted a systematic review to address this gap in knowledge. The systematic review identified 117 peer-reviewed and non-peer reviewed resources. Based on this information, each country was assigned a level of provision; 65.6% of countries had no known activities, 18.8% had capacity building activities, 9.9% had localized provision, and 5.7% had provision that was reaching mainstream providers. Understanding the geographic distribution in the level of provision is crucial for policy makers and funders.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Geography
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / methods
  • Palliative Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pediatrics / methods
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration
  • Pediatrics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Policy