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  1. Research article

    Critical attitudes and beliefs towards guidelines amongst palliative care professionals – results from a national survey

    Little is known about palliative care professionals’ attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adu...

    Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T. Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin and Claudia Bausewein

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:20

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Palliative gastrectomy is beneficial in selected cases of metastatic gastric cancer

    Salvage chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for metastatic gastric cancer (mGC). This study aimed to clarify the effects of palliative gastrectomy (PG) and identify prognostic factors in mGC patients und...

    Jun-Te Hsu, Jian-Ann Liao, Huei-Chieh Chuang, Tai-Di Chen, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chia-Jung Kuo, Chun-Jung Lin, Wen-Chi Chou, Ta-Sen Yeh and Yi-Yin Jan

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:19

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Primary care physicians’ educational needs and learning preferences in end of life care: A focus group study in the UK

    Primary care physicians (General Practitioners (GPs)) play a pivotal role in providing end of life care (EoLC). However, many lack confidence in this area, and the quality of EoLC by GPs can be problematic. Ev...

    Lucy Ellen Selman, Lisa Jane Brighton, Vicky Robinson, Rob George, Shaheen A. Khan, Rachel Burman and Jonathan Koffman

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:17

    Published on: 9 March 2017

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    Measuring geographical accessibility to palliative and end of life (PEoLC) related facilities: a comparative study in an area with well-developed specialist palliative care (SPC) provision

    Geographical accessibility is important in accessing healthcare services. Measuring it has evolved alongside technological and data analysis advances. High correlations between different methods have been dete...

    Clare Pearson, Julia Verne, Claudia Wells, Giovanna M. Polato, Irene J Higginson and Wei Gao

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:14

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Clinical trials in palliative care: a systematic review of their methodological characteristics and of the quality of their reporting

    Over the past decades there has been a significant increase in the number of published clinical trials in palliative care. However, empirical evidence suggests that there are methodological problems in the des...

    Raquel Bouça-Machado, Madalena Rosário, Joana Alarcão, Leonor Correia-Guedes, Daisy Abreu and Joaquim J. Ferreira

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:10

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  6. Research article

    A good resource for parents, but will clinicians use it?: Evaluation of a resource for paediatric end-of-life decision making

    Communication with parents about end-of-life care and decisions is a difficult and sensitive process. The objective of the present study was to ascertain clinicians’ views on the acceptability and usefulness o...

    Clare Delany, Vicki Xafis, Lynn Gillam, Jo-anne Hughson, Jenny Hynson and Dominic Wilkinson

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:12

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Development the Care Evaluation Scale Version 2.0: a modified version of a measure for bereaved family members to evaluate the structure and process of palliative care for cancer patient

    The Care Evaluation Scale (CES1.0) was designed to allow bereaved family members to evaluate the structure and process of care, but has been associated with a high frequency of misresponses. The objective of t...

    Mitsunori Miyashita, Maho Aoyama, Misato Nakahata, Yuji Yamada, Mutsumi Abe, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Akemi Shirado, Mariko Shutoh, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Jun Hamano, Aoi Miyamoto, Saki Yoshida, Kazuki Sato, Kei Hirai and Tatsuya Morita

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:8

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Opinions about the new law on end-of-life issues in a sample of french patients receiving palliative care

    In February 2nd 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law that forbade euthanasia and established the right to deep and continuous sedation for end-of-life patients. Moreover, the law also ob...

    Augustin Boulanger, Théo Chabal, Marie Fichaux, Mireille Destandau, Jean Marc La Piana, Pascal Auquier, Karine Baumstarck and Sébastien Salas

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:7

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Exploring healthcare assistants’ role and experience in pain assessment and management for people with advanced dementia towards the end of life: a qualitative study

    Pain assessment and management are key aspects in the care of people with dementia approaching the end of life but become challenging when patient self-report is impaired or unavailable. Best practice recommen...

    Bannin De Witt Jansen, Kevin Brazil, Peter Passmore, Hilary Buchanan, Doreen Maxwell, Sonja J. McIlfatrick, Sharon M. Morgan, Max Watson and Carole Parsons

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:6

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  10. Research article

    Enhancing the quality of life for palliative care cancer patients in Indonesia through family caregivers: a pilot study of basic skills training

    Palliative care in Indonesia is problematic because of cultural and socio-economic factors. Family in Indonesia is an integral part of caregiving process in inpatient and outpatient settings. However, most fam...

    Martina Sinta Kristanti, Sri Setiyarini and Christantie Effendy

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:4

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Barriers to venipuncture-induced pain prevention in cancer patients: a qualitative study

    Procedural pain reduces the quality of life of cancer patients. Although there are recommendations for its prevention, there are some obstacles for its management. The purpose of this study was to analyze the ...

    Marilène Filbet, Philip Larkin, Claire Chabloz, Anne Chirac, Léa Monsarrat, Murielle Ruer, Wadih Rhondali and Cyrille Collin

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:5

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Limiting treatment and shortening of life: data from a cross-sectional survey in Germany on frequencies, determinants and patients’ involvement

    Limiting treatment forms part of practice in many fields of medicine. There is a scarcity of robust data from Germany. Therefore, in this paper, we report results of a survey among German physicians with a foc...

    Birte Malena Dahmen, Jochen Vollmann, Stephan Nadolny and Jan Schildmann

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:3

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  13. Research article

    A prospective study on the characteristics and subjects of pediatric palliative care case management provided by a hospital based palliative care team

    Case management is a subject of interest within pediatric palliative care. Detailed descriptions of the content of this type of case management are lacking. We aim to describe the contents of care provided, ut...

    Charissa T. Jagt – van Kampen, Marijke C. Kars, Derk A. Colenbrander, Diederik K. Bosman, Martha A. Grootenhuis, Huib N. Caron and Antoinette Y. N. Schouten-van Meeteren

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:1

    Published on: 12 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Health care professionals’ experience, understanding and perception of need of advanced cancer patients with cachexia and their families: The benefits of a dedicated clinic

    Cachexia is defined as the on-going loss of skeletal muscle mass that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support. It is found in up to 80% of patients with advanced cancer and has profound ps...

    David Scott, Joanne Reid, Peter Hudson, Peter Martin and Sam Porter

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:100

    Published on: 30 December 2016

  15. Erratum

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:98

    Published on: 29 December 2016

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:60

  16. Research article

    Challenges to access and provision of palliative care for people who are homeless: a systematic review of qualitative research

    People who are homeless or vulnerably housed are a marginalized group who often experience high rates of morbidity and die young as a result of complex problems. Access to health care and support can be challe...

    Briony F. Hudson, Kate Flemming, Caroline Shulman and Bridget Candy

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:96

    Published on: 3 December 2016

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