May 31, 2016
(Science Daily) – Many pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists believe that their clinical care extends from treating ill children through end-of-life care. However, are pediatricians actually meeting the needs of families and their dying child? In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers surveyed bereaved parents and found that pediatric end-of-life care needs improvement. Dr. Malin Lövgren and researchers from Ersta Sköndal University College and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, surveyed 48 parents of children who did not survive spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type I or II.