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Chapter 4: Children’s Hospice Care

Charles Corr gives a brief history of pediatric hospice care and explains why its development has been slow and uneven. Doctors often cling to cure-oriented treatment long after chance for cure has passed. Families are understandably reluctant to acknowledge that sometimes, the best treatment is palliative in nature. Corr recommends changing policies to allow children with terminal illness and their families to benefit from hospice care when the child is not expected to live to adulthood, instead of the present policy—when the child is expected to live six or fewer months.

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