No matter the circumstances a childs death is a life altering experience except for the child who dies suddenly and without forewarning physicians nurses and other medical personnel usually play a central role in the lives of children who die and their families at best these professionals will exemplify medicine with a heart. This document is a brief summary of the institute of medicine report entitled when children die improving palliative and end of life care for children to learn more about this issue you can view or order the report or read a more detailed summary at wwwnapedu you can also call the national academies press at 1 888 624 8422. Integrating effective palliative care from the time a childs life threatening medical problem is diagnosed will improve care for children who survive as well as children who die and will help the families of all these children the report recognizes that while much can be done now to support children and families much more needs to be learned. Full text full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version get a printable copy pdf file of the complete article 310k or click on a page image below to browse page by page. This summary is based on the institute of medicine report when children die improving palliative and end of life care for children and their families marilyn j field and richard e behrman editorsthe report was prepared by a committee consisting of richard e behrman md jd chair executive chair federation of pediatric organizations education steering committee clinical professor
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