Palliative care is both a philosophy of care and an organized system for delivering care. The goals of palliative care are to prevent and relieve suffering and support the best possible quality of life for patients and their families. Contrarily to common belief, palliative care is not synonymous with hospice care and should be introduced early in the disease process, possibly even at the time of diagnosis. Indeed, palliative care, with its emphasis on symptom management and quality of life, nurtures a sense of well-being and is an important coping principle in the care of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Although many strides have been made in the management of children with sickle cell disease (SCD), the life expectancy of these patients is still significantly decreased compared with the general population. Indeed, a recent study reported that half of all patients with sickle cell anemia only survive into their...

You do not currently have access to this content.