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Welcome to the Grand Rounds Further Reading List, Paediatrics edition, brought to you by the Clinical Library, on Level 4, next to the Auditorium.

This library guide is to help support you in your professional development. Please give us feedback so we can improve this list in the future.

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Journal Articles

Ekberg, S., et al. (2022). "Enhancing paediatric palliative care: A rapid review to inform continued development of care for children with life-limiting conditions." Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 58(2): 232-237

Aim; Following the establishment of paediatric palliative care services over recent decades, this study sought to identify information to inform future policy and practice. Methods; A rapid review using thematic synthesis was conducted to synthesise existing information about improving paediatric palliative care. Information was extracted in relation to key areas for investment and change: quality, access, advance care planning, skills, research, collaboration and community awareness. Results; A total of 2228 literature sources were screened, with 369 included. Synthesised information identified clear ways to improve quality of care, access to care, advance care planning, and research and data collection. The synthesis identified knowledge gaps in understanding how to improve skills in paediatric palliative care, collaboration across Australian jurisdictions and community awareness. Conclusions; The findings of this review bring together information from a vast range of sources to provide action-oriented information to target investment and change in paediatric palliative care over the coming decades.

Riiser, K., et al. (2022). "Stories of paediatric palliative care: a qualitative study exploring health care professionals’ understanding of the concept." BMC Palliative Care 21(1): 187

 By sharing patient stories, health care professionals (HCPs) may communicate their attitudes, values and beliefs about caring and treatment. Previous qualitative research has shown that HCPs usually associate paediatric palliative care (PPC) with death or dying and that they find the concept challenging to understand and difficult to implement. Attending to HCPs’ stories may provide a richer account of their understanding of PPC. Thus, the aim of this study was to explore PPC stories narrated by HCPs to gain increased insight into their understanding of what PPC entails.

Salins, N., et al. (2022). "Palliative Care in Paediatric Oncology: an Update." Current Oncology Reports 24(2): 175-186

The purpose of this review is to describe the evolution of palliative care in paediatric oncology, the needs of children and their families in a paediatric oncology setting, palliative care referral practices in paediatric oncology, outcomes of palliative care referral in paediatric oncology and models of palliative care in paediatric oncology.

Scott, H. M., et al. (2023). "Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about paediatric palliative care." Annals of Palliative Medicine 12(1): 11   

Zimmermann, K., et al. (2022). "Specialised Paediatric PAlliativE CaRe: Assessing family, healthcare professionals and health system outcomes in a multi-site context of various care settings: SPhAERA study protocol." BMC Palliative Care 21(1): 188

The number of children and adolescents living with life-limiting conditions and potentially in need for specialised paediatric palliative care (SPPC) is rising. Ideally, a specialised multi-professional team responds to the complex healthcare needs of children and their families. The questions of, how SPPC is beneficial, for whom, and under what circumstances, remain largely unanswered in the current literature. This study’s overall target is to evaluate the effectiveness of a SPPC programme in Switzerland with respect to its potential to improve patient-, family-, health professional-, and healthcare-related outcomes.



Web resources

AMH Children's Dosing Companion. Available via CIAP

BNF for Children:  Guidance on the actions and uses of drugs prescribed in the UK for children. Available via CIAP

MD Calc - medical calculator. Available via CIAP

Medicines for Children.  Available via CIAP

NETS Clinical Calculator  Available via CIAP


Cochrane Neonatal podcasts.

Short summaries of recent Cochrane reviews on neonatal practice. Available in multiple language. 

Neonatal Conversations

A podcast where clinical experts in neonatal intensive care discuss how they provide care for the critically ill newborn. Available as Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts.

NICU Ride & Review

An educational podcast for clinicians who care for newborns, featuring discussions with faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.