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  1. Research article

    Degree of dyspnoea at admission and discharge in patients with heart failure and respiratory diseases

    Dyspnoea is a disabling symptom in patients admitted with heart failure (HF) and respiratory diseases (RD). The main aim of this study is to evaluate its intensity at admission and discharge and the relation w...

    Lourdes Vicent, Juan Manuel Nuñez Olarte, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Oliva, Juan Carlos López, Andrea Postigo, Irene Martín, Raquel Luna, Francisco Fernández-Avilés and Manuel Martínez-Sellés

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:35

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness

    As in other areas of health delivery, there is a need to ensure that end-of-life care is guided by patient centred research. A systematic review was undertaken to examine the quantity and quality of data-based...

    Amy Waller, Natalie Dodd, Martin H. N. Tattersall, Balakrishnan Nair and Rob Sanson-Fisher

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:34

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  3. Research article

    What are the differences among occupational groups related to their palliative care-specific educational needs and intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care homes?

    The purpose of this study was to compare the differences across occupational groups related to their end-of-life care-specific educational needs and reported intensity of interprofessional collaboration in lon...

    S. Kaasalainen, T. Sussman, M. Bui, N. Akhtar-Danesh, R. D. Laporte, L. McCleary, A. Wickson Griffiths, K. Brazil, D. Parker, V. Dal Bello-Haas, A. Papaioannou and J. O’Leary

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:33

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  4. Research article

    Quality of life, psychological burden, needs, and satisfaction during specialized inpatient palliative care in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients

    This pilot study aimed to investigate quality of life, psychological burden, unmet needs, and care satisfaction in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients (FCs) during specialized inpatient palliative ca...

    Anneke Ullrich, Lilian Ascherfeld, Gabriella Marx, Carsten Bokemeyer, Corinna Bergelt and Karin Oechsle

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:31

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  5. Research article

    The impact of the inpatient practice of continuous deep sedation until death on healthcare professionals’ emotional well-being: a systematic review

    The practice of continuous deep sedation is a challenging clinical intervention with demanding clinical and ethical decision-making. Though current research indicates that healthcare professionals’ involvement...

    Sarah Ziegler, Hannes Merker, Margareta Schmid and Milo A. Puhan

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:30

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  6. Research article

    Keep in Touch (KIT): feasibility of using internet-based communication and information technology in palliative care

    Confinement to an in-patient hospital ward impairs patients’ sense of social support and connectedness. Providing the means, through communication technology, for patients to maintain contact with friends and ...

    Qiaohong Guo, Beverley Cann, Susan McClement, Genevieve Thompson and Harvey Max Chochinov

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:29

    Published on: 6 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Palliative care for people with dementia in the terminal phase: a mixed-methods qualitative study to inform service development

    When entering the dying phase, the nature of physical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of people with dementia and their families may change. Our objective was to understand what needs to be in place to ...

    Jenny T. van der Steen, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marie-José H. E. Gijsberts, Laura H. Vermeulen, Margje M. Mahler and B. Anne-Mei The

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:28

    Published on: 28 April 2017

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    Pain Intervention for people with Dementia in nursing homes (PID): study protocol for a quasi-experimental nurse intervention

    It is estimated that 19 to 83% of people with dementia suffer from pain that is inadequately treated in the last months of life. A large number of healthcare workers who care for these people in nursing homes ...

    Andrea Koppitz, Georg Bosshard, Geneviève Blanc, Hannele Hediger, Sheila Payne and Thomas Volken

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:27

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  9. Research article

    Family members of deceased palliative care patients receiving bereavement anniversary cards: a survey on the recipient’s reactions and opinions

    Bereavement support is part of palliative care. Sending out bereavement anniversary cards is one intervention of follow-up support for the bereaved. This study evaluated the suitability of bereavement annivers...

    Swantje Goebel, Sandra Stephanie Mai, Christina Gerlach, Ulrike Windschmitt, Karl-Heinz Feldmann and Martin Weber

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:26

    Published on: 19 April 2017

  10. Research article

    Palliative sedation challenging the professional competency of health care providers and staff: a qualitative focus group and personal written narrative study

    Despite recent advances in palliative medicine, sedating a terminally ill patient is regarded as an indispensable treatment to manage unbearable suffering. With the prospect of widespread use of palliative sed...

    Danièle Leboul, Régis Aubry, Jean-Michel Peter, Victor Royer, Jean-François Richard and Frédéric Guirimand

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:25

    Published on: 11 April 2017

  11. Research article

    A process evaluation of systematic risk and needs assessment for caregivers in specialised palliative care

    Caregiving is strenuous and it may be associated with adverse psychological outcomes. During the palliative care trajectory, there are unique opportunities for providing support and preventing poor bereavement...

    Kia Toft Thomsen, Mai-Britt Guldin, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, Chaitali Laura Ollars and Anders Bonde Jensen

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:23

    Published on: 8 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Identification of drug combinations administered by continuous subcutaneous infusion that require analysis for compatibility and stability

    A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several cl...

    Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason and John Ellershaw

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:22

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Is admittance to specialised palliative care among cancer patients related to sex, age and cancer diagnosis? A nation-wide study from the Danish Palliative Care Database (DPD)

    Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there a...

    Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren and Mogens Groenvold

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:21

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Research article

    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

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