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When Treatment Fails: How medicine cares for dying children

David J. Bearison


Over 50,000 children die of medical causes each year in the U.S., and 85% of them do so in hospitals. While great strides have been made in palliative care, many of these children still suffer considerably in the last months of life. Studies have found that pediatricians, who often do not expect to confront death on a frequent basis, and other hospital staff typically feel inadequately trained to manage the situation and are emotionally unprepared for the death. All of the feelings associated with caring for a chronically ill child – guilt, anger, frustration, ambivalence, exhaustion – are mag ... More

Keywords: palliative care, pediatricians, death, nurses, social workers, pastoral counselors, psychologists, case studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156126
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156126.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Bearison, author
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA