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Determinants of End-of-life Place of Care for Children Suffering From Cancer. (DELI-DEVI)

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Last updated:17th Jan 2014

Cancer is the second cause of over-one-year-old children mortality after accident. Survival rate is more than 70%, but in some cases, curative treatments are not sufficient and palliative support is implemented for those children in end of life.

Pediatric guidelines about the place of end-of-life care are varied. On European scale, home is recommended (IMPaCCT study, 2007). In France, the 2008-2012 palliative care development program recommended home or initial hospital care unit. This program also supports implementation of mobile team rather than specific hospital units.

In Brittany, a pattern of regional palliative care resource team has been implemented since 2005. In oncology, further to the guidelines, end-of-life place of care is often discussed several times for each case. Sometimes occur a lot of returns between home and hospital, psychological difficulties, and difficulties to offer adapted care conditions. Finally, less than 30% of children in palliative care decease at home.

The primary objective is to identify main determinants of the place of palliative care in pediatric oncology.

The secondary objective is to clarify the factors of change comparing to the initial planned place.

Intervention :

Questionnaire completed by the parents Interview with the parents and the psychologist (University Rennes 2)

Number of subjects is : Parents of 68 to 93 children who died from cancer after a palliative phase, that means 136 to 186 parents.

Expected results and perspectives :

Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, expected results are the followings:

- Identification of the objective and subjective factors, which influenced the decision of the place of care.
- Determination of the factors of change comparing to the initial planned place.

Once identified, main factors could be the ones to pay attention to in order to help for initial decision, better anticipation of change of place and better guidance of palliative care organization wherever, at home or in hospital.

Results would be new information for research on palliative care for children but also for adults.

Finally, this work is part of an improving approach of palliative care, related to the development of open-care hospital networks. We can expect some public health impacts with new arguments to help for complementary recommendations.

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Study start date 2014-01-17

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