Reflective insights from developing a palliative care children and young people’s advisory group

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The importance of actively involving patient and public members throughout the different stages of palliative care and health research projects is widely acknowledged, however patient and public involvement work rarely considers insight from children and young people. Although this is becoming increasingly recognised in other areas of research, there is currently no structured guidance on how to best involve children and young people in palliative care research.

To plan and deliver a Young People’s Advisory Group in palliative care and health research at a secondary school.

Attending an after-school ‘Health and Social Research Methods Club’ for 11 weeks benefitted children and researchers. Children were taught about data collection methods, data analysis and ethics in health research and used these skills to provide valuable feedback which has been implemented in current palliative care research projects. Children took part in considered discussions around palliative care topics and enjoyed attending the group.

This project has equipped researchers with skills and provided a structured template for future Young People’s Advisory Groups, ensuring the unique voices of children and young people are considered and valued in future palliative care research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-624
Number of pages4
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • adolescents
  • Children
  • palliative care
  • patient and public involvement
  • young people
  • young people’s advisory group


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