Chemotherapy versus supportive care alone in pediatric palliative care for cancer: comparing the preferences of parents and health care professionals.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne, Volume 183, Issue 17, p.E1252-8 (2011)

Keywords:

2011, Center-Authored Paper, December 2011, Public Health Sciences Division

Abstract:

The choice between palliative chemotherapy (defined as the use of cytotoxic medications delivered intravenously for the purpose of our study) and supportive care alone is one of the most difficult decisions in pediatric oncology, yet little is known about the preferences of parents and health care professionals. We compared the strength of these preferences by considering children's quality of life and survival time as key attributes. In addition, we identified factors associated with the reported preferences.