Study characterizes the national status of outpatient pediatric program development and operationalization in the U.S.

Inpatient pediatric palliative care has grown substantially over the past 20 years; however, the outpatient setting remains underdeveloped. Outpatient pediatric palliative care offers opportunities to improve access and facilitate care coordination and transitions for children with serious illness. A study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that although outpatient pediatric services have institutional support and diverse referral indications from multiple subspecialties, resources remain limited.

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