Although frequently overshadowed by adult mortality rates and bereavement care needs, the death of a child can significantly jeopardize the physical, psychosocial, and emotional health of surviving parents, caregivers, and family members. Unfortunately, researchers have only recently begun to explore the trajectory of pediatric bereavement care needs. As an ongoing public health concern, health care institutions and related organizations must partner with interdisciplinary care providers and bereaved families to design effective and sustainable bereavement supports in their communities. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to describe the development and accomplishments of an interdisciplinary bereavement committee at a children’s hospital within an academic medical center. By relying on available empirical evidence and close collaboration with bereaved parent members, this effort has generated sizeable practice improvements and new service offerings within the organization, local community, and the individual patients and families the institution serves.
An Interdisciplinary Hospital-Based Committee to Improve Pediatric Bereavement Care
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Jessica M. Goldberg, Anne C. Duplechain, Camille E. Fraser, Jessika C. Boles; An Interdisciplinary Hospital-Based Committee to Improve Pediatric Bereavement Care. Hosp Pediatr November 2021; 11 (11): 1287–1294. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2021-005964
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