Bridging the Gap: Developing a Palliative Approach to Care for Young Adults with Life Limiting Conditions

Karen Cook, Helen Kerr, Kim Widger, Lynn Straatman

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Abstract

Bridging the Gap: Developing a Palliative Approach to Care for Young Adults with Life Limiting Conditions

More young adults (YAs) with life limiting conditions (LLC) are surviving into adulthood as earlier diagnosis and improved medical management in pediatric care lead to higher rates of survival for cancer, congenital heart and neuromuscular conditions. When these YAs leave pediatric care, they leave behind comprehensive and coordinated health, social and education services for uncoordinated adult systems, with limited access to palliative services they received in pediatric care.

YAs with LLCs will benefit from a public health palliative approach to care. This approach better matches their chronic disease trajectories of a series of declining plateaus over a period of months to years, punctuated by unpredictable periodic crises. Public health palliative care is a blended provision of health care and community services based on evidence that health care is most effective and least expensive when offered in conjunction with a complement of services that reflects social determinants of health and well-being. For YAs with LLCs, these resources will support their health, social, vocational, independent living, and educational goals to maximize their opportunities in an abbreviated time frame.


The objectives of this workshop are to:

1. Provide an overview of the young adult population with palliative care needs.
2. Discuss current care of this population.
3. Highlight results from three recent projects to examine and address needs of this population.
4. Dialogue with audience about other programs, initiatives, or ideas to address the needs of this population.

We look forward to robust conversations and ideas from your practice and research.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - Oct 2016
Event19th International Congress on Palliative Care - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 09 Oct 201212 Oct 2012

Conference

Conference19th International Congress on Palliative Care
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period09/10/201212/10/2012

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