Julie Ling

International Journal of Palliative Nursing, Vol. 18, Iss. 9, 27 Sep 2012, pp 419

I read with interest an update I recently received from Together for Short Lives (2012), an influential UK-based children's palliative care organisation. The document reported the findings of a study aimed at estimating the number of children living in the UK with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition (Fraser et al, 2012), the main finding being that estimates have doubled since the last reported figures. Both this study and others like it are extremely important, not least because they provide valuable information on the amount and type of palliative care required, which in turn enables health-care providers to offer services that are appropriate to families and to plan for future need.

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