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Vol 3, No 4 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2004-09-21
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Palliative home care for children in Poland

Tomasz Dangel
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(4):353-364.

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Vol 3, No 4 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine
Original articles
Published online: 2004-09-21

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study is to evaluate the current status of palliative home care for children in Poland.
Material and methods. The survey based on the questionnaire, which analyzed standard of care, annual number of patients and deaths. The annual number of treated children per million of inhabitants was calculated. The study encompassed 31 hospices (7 for children and 24 for adults).
Results. The majority of the hospices do not fulfil the minimal standard established by the Institute of Mother and Child. The average standard was higher in the children’s hospices than in the adults’ ones. In 2003 the number of patients (< 18 years) was 329 (111 cancer patients), and the number of deaths 102. The total home care area covers for 79% of the population of Poland. The number of treated children per million inhabitants is diverse in different provinces, the highest in the Lublin province and the lowest in the Świętokrzyski province.
Conclusions. The Polish system of palliative home care for children is differentiated in regard to standard of care and the number of patients in respective regions of Poland. There are still regions where palliative home care for children is not accessible.

Abstract

Background. The aim of the study is to evaluate the current status of palliative home care for children in Poland.
Material and methods. The survey based on the questionnaire, which analyzed standard of care, annual number of patients and deaths. The annual number of treated children per million of inhabitants was calculated. The study encompassed 31 hospices (7 for children and 24 for adults).
Results. The majority of the hospices do not fulfil the minimal standard established by the Institute of Mother and Child. The average standard was higher in the children’s hospices than in the adults’ ones. In 2003 the number of patients (< 18 years) was 329 (111 cancer patients), and the number of deaths 102. The total home care area covers for 79% of the population of Poland. The number of treated children per million inhabitants is diverse in different provinces, the highest in the Lublin province and the lowest in the Świętokrzyski province.
Conclusions. The Polish system of palliative home care for children is differentiated in regard to standard of care and the number of patients in respective regions of Poland. There are still regions where palliative home care for children is not accessible.
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Keywords

palliative care; children; Poland

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Title

Palliative home care for children in Poland

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 3, No 4 (2004): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

353-364

Published online

2004-09-21

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2004;3(4):353-364.

Keywords

palliative care
children
Poland

Authors

Tomasz Dangel

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