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Table 2 Diagnostic groups qualifying for palliative care (according to Together for Short Lives, formerly ACT)[5]

From: The development of an instrument that can identify children with palliative care needs: the Paediatric Palliative Screening Scale (PaPaS Scale): a qualitative study approach

Category Examples
Group 1  
Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail. Cancer, heart defects, irreversible organ failures
Group 2  
Conditions where premature death is inevitable. Treatment may aim at prolonging life and allowing normal activities. Cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Group 3  
Progressive conditions without curative treatment options. Exclusively palliative treatment may extend over many years. Metabolic disorders, neuromuscular diseases
Group 4  
Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disabilities leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death. Severe cerebral palsy