Importance of Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology

  • Jael Rúbia Figueiredo de Sá França Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Paraíba
  • Maria Emília Limeira Lopes Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Marcella Costa Souto Duarte Centro Universitário de João Pessoa
  • Gilvânia Smith da Nóbrega Morais Universidade Federal de Campina Grande Paraíba
  • Eliane Cristina da Silva Universidade Federal da Paraiba
  • Ana Aline Lacet Zaccara Universidade Federal da Paraiba
  • Thaís Costa de Oliveira Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Kalina Coeli Costa de Oliveira Dias Universidade Federal da Paraíba
  • Maria de Fátima de Oliveira Coutinho Universidade Federal da Paraíba


To analyze the testimonies of clinical nurses about the importance of the practice of palliative care in Pediatric Oncology, in the light of the Humanistic Nursing Theory. This is a qualitative research conducted with ten nurses from a pediatric unit of a public hospital in the city of João Pessoa – PB, through a semi-structured interview, using Paterson´s and Zderad´s Humanistic Nursing Theory as theoretical and methodological support. The following categories emerged from the analysis: palliative care is essential for promoting humanized care of children with cancer, in end-stage; and palliative care value the communication among nurses, child, and family. It is concluded the need for the promotion of humanized practice by nurses, both the child under a palliative care, as the family, showing to be motivated, sensitized and respecting them in their uniqueness and authenticity, as preconized by the Humanistic Nursing Theory.

Mar 28, 2016
How to Cite
FRANÇA, Jael Rúbia Figueiredo de Sá et al. Importance of Palliative Care in Pediatric Oncology. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, mar. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 jan. 2021. doi:
Pediatric Oncology


Palliative Care; Oncology; Pediatric Nursing; Nursing Theory.

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