Evolving Philosophies on Pediatric Hospice and Pain Management

Written by Dianne Gray for Mediaplanet, featured in USA Today

There’s a “how-to” guide for about everything these days, but for families and caregivers of our country’s estimated one million seriously ill children, there is no guidebook that addresses the complexities and emotional challenges of decision making for children suffering in pain as a result of a serious or life-threatening illness.

“At times, parents and clinicians alike feel fearful when it comes to dosing opioids to our youngest patients,” said Dr. Glen Komatsu, pediatrician, palliative care physician and medical director of Providence TrinityCare in Torrance, CA.

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