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Your Gift Can Help Improve the Quality of Life of Critically Ill Children and Their Families

The UCLA Children's Comfort Care Program (CCCP) aims to increase comfort and quality of life for children with life threatening illnesses.  We provide specialized and creative recommendations to help eliminate pediatric pain, nausea, anxiety, and other discomforts associated with serious illnesses.  With your support, we will be able to continue to reduce the pain and suffering of critically ill pediatric patients who are in our care at UCLA as well as teach the larger healthcare community ways to improve the quality of life of these children. 

Clinical Care

  • Comprehensive pediatric palliative care services¤ for seriously ill inpatient children and their families
  • Follow-up, outpatient, and home care for children who transition home
  • Holistic approach‡ to physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms of child and family with a specialized pediatric palliative care team of physicians, nurses, and psychosocial care staff
  • Follow-up care to those families who have lost a child from a serious medical condition

Child and Parent Support Programs

  • Professionally-led support groups for parents of critically ill children
  • Professionally-led support groups for parents who have lost a child to a serious illness
  • Information and communication techniques to help parents support surviving siblings, spouses, and other family members
  • Resources to promote self-care and encourage adaptive coping
  • Support for pediatric patients currently confronting a serious illness

Healthcare Provider Support

  • Debriefing and support sessions for healthcare professionals who handle the care of seriously ill children

Healthcare Provider Education

  • Educational presentations on pediatric palliative care to UCLA healthcare professionals and the Los Angeles community
  • Distribution of informational materials to healthcare staff
  • Panel discussions and treatment planning for complex, critically ill children

Research

  • Developing medical and psychosocial interventions to improve the quality of life of children with critical illnesses and their families
  • Developing state-of-the-art education models for healthcare professionals working with children who are facing life threatening illnesses


¤ Services intended to improve the quality of life and reduce symptoms, such as pain.
‡ Care that integrates all different aspects of a patient's needs.