Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta began providing pediatric palliative care services in 2011 to help improve the quality of life of children with serious and life-threatening conditions. The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) helps patients deal with suffering at every stage—from the beginning of an illness to the point in which community services such as hospice are needed. Not only does the intervention of palliative care services slow the progression of disease and help relieve patient suffering, these services may also have a positive impact on patient outcomes.
In an effort to help improve the healthcare experience for seriously ill patients throughout the Children’s system, PACT provides research, community outreach, educational assistance and oversight of clinical and public policy. While palliative care alone cannot bridge the gaps in care that exist for patients with serious and life threatening conditions, we share our knowledge with outside providers so that we can make a difference for children throughout the region.
Since its inception, PACT has participated in the care of more than 400 patients and families a volume that is consistent with or greater than the leading pediatric palliative care programs in the country.
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