The Pediatric Palliative Care Team is an interdisciplinary consult-based medical team that includes physicians, advanced-practice nurses, social workers, and chaplaincy. This team is dedicated to the mission of helping patients achieve quality of life in the face of life-threatening and/or life-limiting medical conditions and provides assistance in helping patients/families communicate their goals of care with their treatment teams, assists in complicated symptom management, provides an extra layer of support during times of difficulty, and offers guidance in advance care planning and end-of-life/hospice care when appropriate.
Faculty physicians on the Pediatric Palliative Care team honor the spirit of compassion, empathy, patience and presence as key interventions. Integrative medicine techniques are used to offer a supportive approach alongside traditional medicine. Each treatment plan is unique to the patient and can include services such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, coordination-of-care meditation, mindfulness-based stress reduction, pain and symptom management, reiki spiritual and psychosocial support, treatment and transition planning.
Integrative medicine is not only effective at helping manage acute and chronic pain but can also provide peace when facing difficult circumstances. These techniques aim to address the mind, body and spirit. The goal is to alleviate symptoms while also reducing anxiety and fear. Holistic in their approach, integrative medicine techniques are evidence-based and adaptable to individual patient needs.
All patients treated by Pediatric Palliative Care team receive the full range of palliative care services, and every child is matched to the integrative medicine technique that best serves his or her individual needs. This personalized approach to care helps ensure that each child receives the best possible combination of options.