Neonatal palliative care in the intensive care unit
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IASO hospital, Athens, Greece
Department of Midwifery, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Kyriaki Kiouki   

IASO hospital, Athens, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A128
Palliative care is a process where health professionals are called upon to reduce the symptoms of newborns' illnesses in order to significantly enhance their quality of life, even if it is short. Also, professionals are called upon to support the families of newborns, who in many cases do not know how to respond to the needs of their children.

The purpose of the present study, which is implemented using the method of systematic review, is to investigate the benefits that palliative care provides to newborns in the last stage of their life, but also to investigate the ways in which it is provided, in order to detect points that need improvement.

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A systematic review of studies in the international and domestic literature was performed using the databases PUBMED, SCOPUS and SCHOLAR. 6 studies were found that met the criteria for inclusion in the review.

According to the results of the studies, it was found that the provision of palliative care offered significant benefits both in the management of the pain of newborns as well as significant support for their parents.

Palliative care is a right of newborn patients, who need in the short period of their lives to receive high-quality services and to live painlessly in the final stage of their illness. Palliative care also offers significant psychological support to patients' relatives.

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