Dr. Vadeboncoeur is a Pediatrician practicing Palliative Medicine at CHEO, Roger Neilson House and in the Ottawa community for over 15 years. Her research interests include standardization of the assessment and treatment of pain and other symptoms experienced by children with serious illness. She is involved in provincial research examining the benefits of specialized Pediatric Palliative Care for the child and family and also in utilization of health care resources.
Benefits of early referral to pediatric palliative care for a child with a rare disease
This case is described to provide a voice for families who are caring for a child with an undiagnosed or life-limiting illness and especially for the families who won’t consider PPC either out of fear or not knowing it exists.
Predictors of specialized pediatric palliative care involvement and impact on patterns of end-of-life care in children with cancer
When available, SPPC, but not general palliative care, is associated with lower intensity care at the end of life for children with cancer. However, access remains uneven. These results provide the strongest evidence to date supporting the creation of SPPC teams.