Virtual Conference

Dr. Rita Rufo Cardarelli

President of the Uruguayan Society of Medicine and Palliative Care, Uruguay

Title: Comunication abilities as a quality indicator in perinatal palliative care nursing


Introduction: Advances in perinatal medicine have opened doors to earlier diagnosis and intervention for fetuses with life-threatening fetal conditions. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines perinatal palliative care as a strategy that “comprises options for obstetric and newborn care that include a focus on maximizing quality of life and comfort for newborns with a variety of conditions considered to be lifelimiting in early infancy.”

Objective: Recognize the communication abilities as a quality indicator in perinatal palliative care nursing.

Methods: A bibliographic review was carried out in the PubMed, Google Scholar database, from 2018 to 2022.

Results: We included 23 articles. The perinatal palliative care nursing is an emergent issue in perinatal care. Many articles describe the importance of comunication in perinatal palliative care. Some surveys that measure family satisfaction point out the importance of communication in nursing staff. Acquiring communication skills in perinatal palliative care has become an indispensable tool. Conclusions and recommendation: communication in perinatal palliative care settings involves training of all staff. The nurse specializing in neonatology must have the necessary tools to face the family’s needs. We suggest that they have an internship for perinatal palliative care that involves theoretical and practical aspects.


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