Few studies have fully explored the problem of communication barriers in pediatric palliative care, particularly the detrimental effects of poor interaction between staff and families on children's health and well-being. A literature review was undertaken to expand the current body of knowledge about staff to patient communications. Articles meeting the inclusion criteria (N = 15) were systematically read and summarized using a data extraction sheet. A narrative synthesis identified 5 overarching themes as barriers to communication. Improvements in staff education and individualized palliative care plans for children and their families may help to overcome communication barriers.
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Bibliographical noteThis is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Death Studies copyright Taylor & Francis. Death Studies is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07481187.2012.753555.
- communication barriers
- palliative care
- young people
- staff competence