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Paediatric palliative screening scale as a useful tool for clinicians' assessment of palliative care needs of pediatric patients: a retrospective cohort study

 In Gyu Song  ;  Seung Yeon Kwon  ;  Yoon Jung Chang  ;  Min Sun Kim  ;  Sung Hoon Jeong  ;  Seung Min Hahn  ;  Kyu Tae Han  ;  So-Jung Park  ;  Jin Young Choi 
 BMC PALLIATIVE CARE, Vol.20(1) : 73, 2021-05 
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Child ; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing* ; Humans ; Mass Screening ; Palliative Care* ; Referral and Consultation ; Retrospective Studies
Palliative care ; Pediatrician ; Pediatrics ; Prognosis
Background: Although the importance of palliative care in pediatric patients has been emphasized, many health care providers have difficulty determining when patients should be referred to the palliative care team. The Paediatric Palliative Screening Scale (PaPaS) was developed as a tool for screening pediatric patients for palliative care needs. The study aimed to evaluate the PaPaS as a reliable tool for primary care clinicians unfamiliar with palliative care.

Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients referred to the pediatric palliative care teams in two tertiary hospitals in the Republic of Korea between July 2018 and October 2019.

Results: The primary clinical and pediatric palliative care teams assessed the PaPaS scores of 109 patients, and both teams reported a good agreement for the sum of the PaPaS score. Furthermore, the PaPaS scores correlated with those obtained using the Lansky performance scale. Although the mean PaPaS score was higher in the pediatric palliative care team, the scores were higher than the cut-off score for referral in both groups.

Conclusion: The PaPaS can be a useful tool for primary care clinicians to assess the palliative care needs of patients and their families.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Pediatrics (소아과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kwon, Seung Yeon(권승연)
Hahn, Seung Min(한승민) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9832-6380
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