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OPENPediatrics Releases Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care Curriculum

OPENPediatrics is pleased to announce the launch of our newest curriculum, Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care. This program is designed to provide information to practitioners who treat pediatric patients in the primary care or the subspecialty setting about palliative care for pediatric patients.

There is a fair amount of research that supports the need for training in end-of-life and palliative care topics. In a survey of resident physicians, many had little comfort with palliative care for children and wished they could receive more training in pain control, disclosing bad news, code status decision-making and end of life care with pediatric patients. Another survey reported that approximately 450 staff members felt inexperienced discussing end-of-life issues, transition to palliative care and limiting resuscitation. The results of these two surveys are representative of published literature on the topic of pediatric end-of-life and palliative care, thus supporting the need for more educational materials. 

Highlights of the Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care course include palliative care delivery by designated palliative care teams, primary palliative care, end of life symptom treatment and orders for life-sustaining therapies. Watch a brief introduction to the course below and visit the Guided Learning Pathways page to register.




Physicians also have the option to take the CME accredited version of the Pediatric Palliative and End of Life Care course. Visit the BCH Learning Cloud to register and browse the other CME courses we offer. Topics include pediatric pain and opioid education, non-accidental trauma and disclosure and apology.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Boston Children’s Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM