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Revista Bioética

versão impressa ISSN 1983-8042

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VALADARES, Maria Thereza Macedo; MOTA, Joaquim Antônio César  e  OLIVEIRA, Benigna Maria de. Palliative care in pediatrics: a review. Rev. Bioét. [online]. 2013, vol.21, n.3, pp.486-493. ISSN 1983-8042.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1983-80422013000300013.

The technological expansion in recent decades changed the profile of the patients in pediatrics, with assistance to children with chronic and life-threatening conditions more frequent each time. Palliative care involves an active and full assistance provided to these children, in the context of their body, mind and spirit as well as the support offered to their entire family. This study provides a review of relevant aspects in palliative approach: the prevalence and approach of symptoms, the participation of a multidisciplinary team, communication with family, care at end of life and limitation of invasive therapies. Despite recognition of the importance of palliative medicine, our universities still give priority to curative medicine. Introducing this theme in the process of medical education is a real and absolute need, aiming to provide dignified life and death to our patients.

Palavras-chave : Palliative care; Pain; Assistance; Child.

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