Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Welcome to the AAP Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine (SOHPM) Web site! The site is under development with new information and resources being added on a regular basis. We invite you to look around and let us know about any additional resources or information that you would like to see.


What is Palliative Care?

Pediatric palliative care is care designed to meet the unique and special needs of children living with life-threatening conditions such as cancer, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, severe brain problems, complications from prematurity and birth defects and rare disorders, among other conditions. Unlike many other forms of medical care, pediatric palliative care recognizes that everyone in the family is affected when one member is ill. Therefore, pediatric palliative care focuses on the needs of the patient and family: parents, brothers and sisters and other members of the members of your suppport system. The focus of pediatric palliative care is to enhance the quality of life for all involved, in large part by preventing and alleviating suffering using the skills and knowledge of a specialized care team that includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, child life therapists, and others. Pediatric palliative care focuses on pain and symptom management, information sharing and advance care planning, practical, psychosocial and spiritual support, and coordination of care. > Learn more about palliative care


From The Chair

June 2015

The Unfolding Journey of Grief Work

From the dog days of last summer through to the day the tulips bloomed fully in our yard, the professional and personal sides of my life blended together more than they typically do as I grappled with what would prove to be my father’s fatal illness. Over those months, my dad progressed from weight loss, to the incidental discovery of metastasic renal cell cancer, to pain, to no-longer-in-pain-but-too-weak-to-stand, to a slow steady decline culminating in (as we say in the biz) a peaceful death. > Read more From the Chair


The information posted on this Web site is selected for its value and relation to palliative care and does not represent an endorsement or an official opinion or position of the American Academy of Pediatrics.