Assessment and management planning
This chapter describes the heart and soul of good children's palliative care. It shows how to get from knowing nothing about a child and family to having a full, comprehensive, and holistic management plan for every problem the child and family are facing as part of their battle with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-limiting conditions. Children have a very broad range of needs, all of which need to be assessed and factored in to a good children's palliative care assessment and management plan. In principle, there are five steps to excellent children's palliative care: assessing the child and family holistically; developing a problem list covering physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs; designing a management plan for each of these problems; carrying out the management plan; and reviewing and adapting the problem list and management plan as things progress.
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