Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care in Belgium : The Paediatric Liaison Model. Poster presented during EAPC RN/InSup-C Symposium (Brussels) – Sept. 30, 2016
30 Sep 2016
Following questions have been evaluated : What are the activities of paediatric liaison teams and how do they ensure continuity of care ? What are the characteristics of the children followed ? (number, age, disease, location of death).
Research shows that main activities of Paediatric Liaison Team (PLT) are palliative care embedded in curative care, continuing through bereavement care, coordination of care among all settings (home/hospital), education in paediatric palliative care of colleagues and first line caregivers, research, communication activities and fundraising.
In 5 years, 3607 children benefitted from a follow-up by a PLT (mean 721/year, min 660 / max 770).
The study recommends (1) Reinforcement of governmental funding of PLTs, (2) Harmonization of data registration and classification for annual reporting, (3) Need of research in development of instruments to measure workload and quality of care provided.
Friedel M. (RN, MSc, cand PhD, IRSS, UCL, Brussels), Brichard B. (MD, PhD, UCL, Brussels), Renard M. (MD, PHD, UZLeuven), Fonteyne C. (MD, PhD, ULB, Brussels), Vandecruys E. (MD, UZGent), Misson J.P. (MD, PhD, CHR Citadelle Liège), Degryse J. (MD, PhD, IRSS, UCL, Brussels, KUL Leuven), Aujoulat I. (PhD, IRSS, UCL, Brussels) - Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care in Belgium : The Paediatric Liaison Model [poster]