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Perinatal palliative care: a national survey in Italy
  1. Maria Elena Cavicchiolo1,
  2. Francesca Rusalen2,
  3. Franca Benini2,
  4. Eugenio Baraldi1,
  5. Paola Lago1,3
  1. 1 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Woman’s and Child’s Health, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
  2. 2 Paediatric Pain and Palliative Care Service, Department of Woman’s and Child’s Health, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
  3. 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ca’ Foncello Hospital, Treviso, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maria Elena Cavicchiolo, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Woman’s and Child’s Health, University of Padua, Padua 35127, Italy; mecavicchiolo{at}gmail.com

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Perinatal palliative care (PnPC) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary model of care with the aim of offering specific, personalised responses while guaranteeing that the child and family receive global care from the time of diagnosis until end of life.1

Italy lacks a national consensus to guide healthcare professionals involved in PnPC,2 and the choice to initiate neonatal resuscitation at the limit of viability or to interrupt intensive treatment in cases of poor outcomes is left to doctors and families. By sending an online 19-item, multiple-choice questionnaire to all centres contributing to …

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