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Children's Palliative Care in Africa$
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Justin Amery

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.001.0001

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Caring for children at the end of life

Caring for children at the end of life

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(p.327) Chapter 18 Caring for children at the end of life
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Children's Palliative Care in Africa
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Michelle Meiring

Justin Amery

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567966.003.0018

As a child moves towards the last few days and hours of life, there is a different ‘feel’ to the experience for child, family and health workers. Everyone becomes aware that death is imminent, emotions become heightened, symptoms can develop quickly and the levels of fear and anxiety can rapidly mount unless things are handled well. For all these reasons, palliative care health workers tend to focus particularly on this stage. This chapter suggests that good palliative care neither hastens nor postpones death. The best way to manage end-of-life symptoms is to anticipate them and to prepare both family and staff for them. One should not be scared to increase morphine and other drug doses as necessary. The child is dying. One's is to try and ensure that he dies in comfort and dignity.

Keywords:   anxiety, death, palliative care, morphine, end-of-life symptoms

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