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Child health
Advocacy for the dependent children of parents with a life-limiting condition
  1. Alison Booth
  1. Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alison Booth, Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK; alison.booth{at}

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Commentary on: Marshall S, Fearnley R, Bristowe K, et al. ‘It’s not just all about the fancy words and the adults’: recommendations for practice from a qualitative interview study with children and young people with a parent with a life-limiting illness. Palliat Med 2022:2692163221105564. doi: 10.1177/02692163221105564.

Implications for practice and research

  • Health professionals can play a key role in helping parents with life-limiting illnesses understand the needs of, and provide support for their dependent children.

  • Future research seeking to engage with children should avoid making assumptions about age as an automatic indicator of vulnerability.


There is evidence of long-term effects the premature death of a parent can have on dependent children.1 Understanding the perspective of children of a parent living with a life-limiting condition is not the same as understanding the impact of the early death of a parent on the child. Marshall …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.