Our Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care team is dedicated to alleviating pain and other symptoms that children with complex and life threatening illnesses experience. Our overall goal is to provide the best quality of life possible for our pediatric patients and their families.
Our team provides pediatric palliative care (*), meaning we provide recommendations for many different types of treatments -both medical and non-medical- to help with pain, nausea, anxiety, and other discomforts associated with serious illness.
In order to provide holistic care (**) and support to your child and family, our team of medical, behavioral, and spiritual care clinicians will work very closely with your child's healthcare team.
(*) What is "pediatric palliative care"? Pediatric palliative care includes services and medical care that are intended to improve the quality of life and reduce symptoms, such as pain, in patients who have a life-threatening, complex medical condition.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports starting palliative care along with curative care, if appropriate, at the time of diagnosis of a complex condition. As part of palliative care, providers are encouraged to work with patients and their families to develop care plans that are consistent with patient and family wishes.
World Health Organization's (WHO) definition of palliative care appropriate for children and their families is as follows; the principles apply to other pediatric chronic disorders (WHO; 1998a):
(**) What is "holistic care"? Holistic care is care that integrates all different aspects of a patient's needs: psychological, physical and social.
The UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital Comfort Corner is a space for pediatric patients and families, and healthcare providers to come relax and escape the hectic hospital environment. We provide a serene environment, tea, hot chocolate, aromatherapy and a listening ear.