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Hospice Care for Children$
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Ann Armstrong-Dailey and Sarah Zarbock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.001.0001

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Psychosocial Aspects of Serious Illness in Childhood and Adolescence: Responding to the Storm

Psychosocial Aspects of Serious Illness in Childhood and Adolescence: Responding to the Storm

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(p.54) 3 Psychosocial Aspects of Serious Illness in Childhood and Adolescence: Responding to the Storm
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Hospice Care for Children
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Martha Blechar Gibbons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.003.0004

This chapter examines the psychosocial aspects of life-threatening illness in infants, children, and adolescents in relation to pediatric hospice care. It explains that the diagnosis of chronic life-threatening illness creates a series of challenges for the child and the family. These include limitations of functions appropriate for age and development, dependency of medical technology for functioning, and incorporation of the illness into the daily life of the child and family.

Keywords:   life-threatening illness, infants, children, adolescents, hospice care, functional limitation, medical technology

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