Course Description

This online course introduces students to pediatric palliative care services in hospital and community settings. It identifies the broad spectrum of palliative care, explains multidisciplinary team members’ roles with chronically and terminally ill children, and gives examples of pediatric palliative care program frameworks. Students are provided with opportunities to learn about the different components of this holistic approach to care, including pain and symptom management, health education, child life services, integrative therapies, spiritual care, and bereavement support. The course focuses on the needs of pediatric palliative care patients and families, child life assessment tools, and psychosocial strategies for providing optimal care to the patients, siblings, and caregivers. Students learn to determine what resources are applicable for their programs, evaluate training necessary for participating clinicians, and adapt palliative care services to different global settings. In addition, students identify methods of professional self-care.

Course Outline

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define pediatric palliative care, including types of care, multidisciplinary teams, and the child life role
  • Apply child development theories and research findings to clinicians' provisions of pediatric palliative care
  • Reflect upon students' own personal goals and wishes in order to gain perspective of the patients and families with whom they will work
  • Utilize child life services to support infants, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults with chronic and terminal conditions




Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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