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Challenging symptom profiles of life-limiting conditions in children: A survey of care professionals and families

Citation
Malcolm C, Forbat L, Anderson G, Gibson F & Hain R (2011) Challenging symptom profiles of life-limiting conditions in children: A survey of care professionals and families. Palliative Medicine, 25 (4), pp. 357-364. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269216310391346

Abstract
This paper reports on data from the initial phase of a UK-wide study exploring life-limiting conditions (LLCs) in childrenwhere, because of their rarity, little is understood regarding the significant symptom challenges of families and careprofessionals who support them. In this initial phase, care professionals (n¼43) and families (n¼16) completed a surveyto identify which rare LLCs present symptom challenges and which individual symptoms prove difficult to manage.Findings led to the prioritization of mucopolysaccharidoses, Batten Disease and leukodystrophy. Care professionals'rationales for selecting these conditions included the presence of symptoms that are very difficult to manage, a requirementfor additional clinical evidence to support symptom management, and the progressive nature of these diseaseswhere symptoms frequently change and are difficult to predict. Families identified symptoms such as behavioural difficulties,visual impairments and communication impairments as those being most difficult to manage and having mostimpact on quality of life for children and families.

Keywords
Children; Palliative care; Symptom; Pediatric Nursing; Terminally Ill psychology

Journal
Palliative Medicine: Volume 25, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Malcolm, Cari; Forbat, Liz; Anderson, Gillian; Gibson, Faith; Hain, Richard
Publication date30/06/2011
Publication date online12/01/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/6715
PublisherSage
ISSN0269-2163
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