Facing Chronic Illness and Death when the Patient is a Child


Help for carers of children with terminal illness.

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Producer: University of Birmingham
Year Produced: 1982
Running time: 58 minutes
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When a life-threatening disorder is diagnosed in a child, how can we help the child, his or her family, and carers to cope with their feelings? Knowledge of child development as well as an understanding of how children think is vital in helping the chronically sick child to come to terms with what is going on.

This programme, illustrated with pictures from Dr Janet Goodall’s personal collection, looks at these emotive and difficult issues in depth with the purpose of bringing greater understanding to a child and family who together face a progressive illness. Divided into two sections to encourage discussion, the programme provides an overview of the topic, and is a very useful resource for reference and repeated discussion within a team caring for such children. Talk illustrated with still pictures. Dr Janet Goodall, Consultant Paediatrician (retired), North Staffordshire Hospital Centre, and Senior Lecturer (retired

This film is of historical interest and reflects the cultural attitudes, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards. But the issues raised may be timeless.

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