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Palliative care has improved for critically ill children, but challenges remain

Key clinical point: Older and female children, as well as government insured children, are more likely to get palliative care consults.

Major finding: Frequency of palliative care consults ranged from 0% to 44% across institutions.

Study details: Retrospective analysis of 740,890 patients.

Disclosures: The study received no funding. Dr. O’Keefe declared no conflicts of interest.


O’Keefe S et al. Critical Care Congress 2019, Abstract 418.