Palliative Care as a Standard of Care in Pediatric Oncology

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Dec;62 Suppl 5(Suppl 5):S829-33. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25695.


The study team conducted a systematic review of pediatric and adolescent palliative cancer care literature from 1995 to 2015 using four databases to inform development of a palliative care psychosocial standard. A total of 209 papers were reviewed with inclusion of 73 papers for final synthesis. Revealed topics of urgent consideration include the following: symptom assessment and intervention, direct patient report, effective communication, and shared decision-making. Standardization of palliative care assessments and interventions in pediatric oncology has the potential to foster improved quality of care across the cancer trajectory for children and adolescents with cancer and their family members.

Keywords: communication; family-centered care; palliative care; psychosocial support; quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Hospice Care / standards
  • Humans
  • Medical Oncology / standards*
  • Palliative Care / standards*
  • Palliative Medicine / standards*
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Psychology / standards*
  • Standard of Care*