Paediatric Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary approach to holistic care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families. It includes management of physical, often complex symptoms and providing psychosocial and spiritual support to the child and family. Communication, assessment of needs of children, and decision-making are essential factors of Paediatric Palliative Care.
The annual international conference of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) was held at Jaipur from 11th February to 13th February 2022. A pre-conference workshop on ‘Paediatric Palliative Care’ was organized on 10th February 2022 on the Virtual platform. The aim was to sensitise the doctors and nurses in various aspects of Paediatric Palliative Care. The full-day program was conducted by Dr. Pradnya Talawadekar, Coordinator for Pediatric Palliative Care Project, Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. The sessions were taken by expert renowned national and international faculty. The workshop was quite interactive. The pre-test was conducted prior to the workshop. Nine topics were covered to give a glimpse of Paediatric Palliative care to the enthusiastic participants.
“Thanks for conducting such a resourceful workshop” was the message written on chat by one of the participants.
Take away message:
It was decided that the End of Life Policy for children in India is a need of the hour and everyone needs to advocate for it.
More and more doctors, nurses, and allied health care workers need to be trained in Paediatric Palliative care so that children in need could access these services.