n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses : what the GP should know
|Article Title||Caring for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses : what the GP should know|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Affiliations||1 Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital|
|Publication Date||Jul 2011|
|Pages||286 - 290|
Death in childhood is not regarded as normal, but despite all our efforts at 'saving children', death in childhood still happens. There is also a subset of children for whom death in childhood is anticipated and can be regarded as a normal outcome of the child's condition (e.g. trisomies, inoperable heart conditions). The death of a child is regarded by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a 'catastrophic stressor' for a parent - on par with experiencing a 'natural disaster'. Yet, why do we learn so little as health professionals about how to deal with it?
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