What is it about?
Anticipatory prescribing is an important element of advance care planning in palliative care. Using the recent NICE guidelines as a framework, this paper explores the challenges of anticipating the symptoms children with life limiting conditions may experience, and suggests how prescribers can manage them, using medicines as well as other techniques, such as distraction, and talking a family-centred approach.
Why is it important?
We know that the symptoms experienced by children at end of life are distressing to the child and their family. Commonly experienced symptoms include pain, agitation, breathlessness and secretions. Being able to manage symptoms quickly and effectively means that the quality of life of children and families is improved.
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This page is a summary of: Anticipatory prescribing and advance care planning in palliative care for children and young people, Nurse Prescribing, May 2018, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/npre.2018.16.5.228.
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