Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Clinicians Face High Burnout Risk

The unique needs of families and children facing life-limiting illness can wear pediatric palliative and hospice care clinicians especially thin, and the potential for burnout can leave providers even more short-staffed than many already are.

Pediatric subspecialists are at a higher risk of burnout than others, according to authors of a 2020 study from the journal of Pediatric Quality & Safety. This, coupled with the limited number of clinicians trained to provide pediatric hospice and palliative care, further complicates recruitment and retention in a very competitive labor market.

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