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Neonatal nursing is a specialised area of care. There are few neonatal deaths each year, and only some of these will be considered for palliative care. The literature has been emerging in this field in recent years, with recognition that palliative care does have a place in neonatal care. There may be some information here that will be helpful.

NB: 'Neonatal' is described as pertaining to the newborn period which, by convention, is the first four weeks after birth.


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Catlin A, Carter B. Creation of a neonatal end-of-life palliative care protocol. J Perinatol. 2002 Apr-May;22(3):184-95.

Kain V, Gardner G, Yates P. Neonatal palliative care attitude scale: development of an instrument to measure the barriers to and facilitators of palliative care in neonatal nursing. Pediatrics. 2009 Feb;123(2):e207-13.

Relevant Studies

De Lisle-Porter M, Podruchny AM. The dying neonate: family-centered end-of-life care. Neonatal Netw. 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):75-83.

Kain VJ. Palliative care delivery in the NICU: what barriers do neonatal nurses face? Neonatal Netw. 2006 Nov-Dec;25(6):387-92.

Sumner LH, Kavanaugh K, Moro T. Extending palliative care into pregnancy and the immediate newborn period: state of the practice of perinatal palliative care. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2006 Jan-Mar;20(1):113-6.

Last updated 09 May 2014