Featured article: Of apples and oranges – Lessons for the preparation of systematic reviews

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This article presents core issues that were discovered when two international research groups collaborated to ensure a high degree of methodological consensus and clarity between reviews and to help future research groups to easily identify potential pitfalls.

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Aims and scope

BMC Palliative Care is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on the clinical, scientific, ethical and policy issues, local and international, regarding all aspects of hospice and palliative care for the dying and for those with profound suffering related to chronic illness.


  • Matteo Pasini, BioMed Central

Section Editors

  • Jan Schildmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Claudia Bausewein, University of Munich
  • Nancy Preston, Lancaster University