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  1. Research article

    The association between different opioid doses and the survival of advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care

    Concerns that opioids may hasten death can be a cause of the physicians’ reluctance to prescribe opioids, leading to inadequate symptom palliation. Our aim was to find if there was an association between diffe...

    Anon Sathornviriyapong, Kittiphon Nagaviroj and Thunyarat Anothaisintawee

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:95

    Published on: 21 November 2016

  2. Research article

    Using telehealth to support end of life care in the community: a feasibility study

    Telehealth is being used increasingly in providing care to patients in the community setting. Telehealth enhanced service delivery could offer new ways of managing load and care prioritisation for palliative c...

    Jennifer J. Tieman, Kate Swetenham, Deidre D. Morgan, Timothy H. To and David C. Currow

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:94

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  3. Research article

    Evaluation of a pilot of nurse practitioner led, GP supported rural palliative care provision

    Providing end of life care in rural areas is challenging. We evaluated in a pilot whether nurse practitioner (NP)-led care, including clinical care plans negotiated with involved health professionals including...

    Geoffrey Keith Mitchell, Hugh Edgar Senior, Michael Peter Bibo, Blessing Makoni, Sharleen Nicole Young, John Patrick Rosenberg and Patsy Yates

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:93

    Published on: 9 November 2016

  4. Research article

    “It still haunts me whether we did the right thing”: a qualitative analysis of free text survey data on the bereavement experiences and support needs of family caregivers

    Research suggests that there may be bereavement experiences and support needs which are specific to family caregivers providing end of life care (EoLC), although this remains an under-researched area. This pap...

    Emily Harrop, Fiona Morgan, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:92

    Published on: 8 November 2016

  5. Research article

    Interventions and decision-making at the end of life: the effect of establishing the terminal illness situation

    Many ‘routine’ interventions performed in hospital rooms have repercussions for the comfort of the patient, and the decision to perform them should depend on whether the patient is identified as in a terminal ...

    C. Campos-Calderón, R. Montoya-Juárez, C. Hueso-Montoro, E. Hernández-López, F. Ojeda-Virto and M. P. García-Caro

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:91

    Published on: 7 November 2016

  6. Research article

    Family and healthcare professionals’ perceptions of a pilot hospice at home programme for children: a qualitative study

    Parents commonly report a significant improvement in quality of life following the provision of hospice and supportive care and have identified a need for such a service in the home. The purpose of this study ...

    Maria Brenner, Michael Connolly, Des Cawley, Frances Howlin, Jay Berry and Claire Quinn

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:89

    Published on: 28 October 2016

  7. Research article

    The feasibility and acceptability of short-term, individual existential behavioural therapy for informal caregivers of patients recruited in a specialist palliative care unit

    Existential behavioural therapy (EBT) is a recently developed intervention to support informal caregivers of patients in a specialist palliative care unit and was initially established as a six-session group p...

    Helena S Stöckle, Sigrid Haarmann-Doetkotte, Claudia Bausewein and Martin J Fegg

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:88

    Published on: 24 October 2016

  8. Research article

    Using linked administrative and disease-specific databases to study end-of-life care on a population level

    The use of full-population databases is under-explored to study the use, quality and costs of end-of-life care. Using the case of Belgium, we explored: (1) which full-population databases provide valid informa...

    Arno Maetens, Robrecht De Schreye, Kristof Faes, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Birgit Gielen, Cindy De Gendt, Patrick Lusyne, Lieven Annemans and Joachim Cohen

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:86

    Published on: 18 October 2016

  9. Research article

    End-of-life care of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with median survival from 2 to 7 years. Palliative care is an important part of patients´ care as lung transplantation is not an option for the majo...

    Kaisa Rajala, Juho T. Lehto, M. Saarinen, E. Sutinen, T. Saarto and M. Myllärniemi

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:85

    Published on: 12 October 2016

  10. Research article

    Case conference primary-secondary care planning at end of life can reduce the cost of hospitalisations

    To plan integrated care at end of life for people with either heart failure or lung disease, we used a case conference between the patient’s general practitioner (GP), specialist services and a palliative care...

    Samantha Hollingworth, Jianzhen Zhang, Bharat Phani Vaikuntam, Claire Jackson and Geoffrey Mitchell

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:84

    Published on: 23 September 2016

  11. Research article

    Dying among older adults in Switzerland: who dies in hospital, who dies in a nursing home?

    Institutional deaths (hospitals and nursing homes) are an important issue because they are often at odds with patient preference and associated with high healthcare costs. The aim of this study was to examine ...

    Xhyljeta Luta, Radoslaw Panczak, Maud Maessen, Matthias Egger, David C. Goodman, Marcel Zwahlen, Andreas E. Stuck and Kerri Clough - Gorr

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:83

    Published on: 23 September 2016

  12. Research article

    Caregiving in ALS – a mixed methods approach to the study of Burden

    Caregiver burden affects the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of the caregiver. The purpose of this analysis was to describe an informal caregiver cohort (n = 81), their subjective assessment of b...

    Miriam Galvin, Bernie Corr, Caoifa Madden, Iain Mays, Regina McQuillan, Virpi Timonen, Anthony Staines and Orla Hardiman

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:81

    Published on: 5 September 2016

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    The last phase of life with dementia in Swiss nursing homes: the study protocol of the longitudinal and prospective ZULIDAD study

    The proportion of older people with advanced dementia who will die in nursing homes is constantly growing. However, little is known about the dying phase, the type of symptoms, the management of symptoms and t...

    Stefanie Eicher, Nathan Theill, Heike Geschwindner, Caroline Moor, Albert Wettstein, Gabriela Bieri-Brüning, Christoph Hock, Mike Martin, Henrike Wolf and Florian Riese

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:80

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  14. Research article

    Patients’ perceptions of palliative care quality in hospice inpatient care, hospice day care, palliative units in nursing homes, and home care: a cross-sectional study

    Patients’ perceptions of care quality within and across settings are important for the further development of palliative care. The aim was to investigate patients’ perceptions of palliative care quality within se...

    Tuva Sandsdalen, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Reidun Hov, Sevald Høye, Ingrid Rystedt and Bodil Wilde-Larsson

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:79

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  15. Research article

    “Sometimes I’ve gone home feeling that my voice hasn’t been heard”: a focus group study exploring the views and experiences of health care assistants when caring for dying residents

    In most developed countries, Health Care Assistants comprise a significant, and growing, proportion of the residential aged care workforce. Despite the fact that they provide the majority of direct care for re...

    Susan Fryer, Gary Bellamy, Tessa Morgan and Merryn Gott

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:78

    Published on: 19 August 2016

  16. Research article

    Health care professionals’ attitudes regarding palliative care for patients with chronic heart failure: an interview study

    Even though struggling with similar symptom burden, patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) receive less palliative care than patients suffering from malignant diseases. Researchers have found that this migh...

    Jeanette Ziehm, Erik Farin, Katharina Seibel, Gerhild Becker and Stefan Köberich

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:76

    Published on: 15 August 2016

  17. Research article

    Patients’ perception of types of errors in palliative care – results from a qualitative interview study

    Medical errors have been recognized as a relevant public health concern and research efforts to improve patient safety have increased. In palliative care, however, studies on errors are rare and mainly focus o...

    Isabel Kiesewetter, Christian Schulz, Claudia Bausewein, Rita Fountain and Andrea Schmitz

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:75

    Published on: 11 August 2016

  18. Research article

    Benefits of interventions for respiratory secretion management in adult palliative care patients—a systematic review

    Respiratory secretions impact negatively on palliative patients. Unfortunately, a gold standard therapy is not yet available. The purpose of this study was to identify which interventions are in use to control...

    Juliano Ferreira Arcuri, Ebun Abarshi, Nancy J. Preston, Jenny Brine and Valéria Amorim Pires Di Lorenzo

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:74

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  19. Research article

    Community-based pediatric palliative care for health related quality of life, hospital utilization and costs lessons learned from a pilot study

    Children with chronic complex-medical conditions comprise a small minority of children who require substantial healthcare with major implications for hospital utilization and costs in pediatrics. Community-Bas...

    Jeffrey Goldhagen, Mark Fafard, Kelly Komatz, Terry Eason and William C. Livingood

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:73

    Published on: 3 August 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:82

  20. Research article

    Comfort experience in palliative care: a phenomenological study

    Palliative care aims to provide maximum comfort to the patient. However it is unknown what factors facilitate or hinder the experience of comfort, from the perspective of inpatients of palliative care units. T...

    Adriana Coelho, Vitor Parola, Miguel Escobar-Bravo and João Apóstolo

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:71

    Published on: 2 August 2016

  21. Research article

    The impact of a simulated intervention on attitudes of undergraduate nursing and medical students towards end of life care provision

    The concerns of undergraduate nursing and medical students’ regarding end of life care are well documented. Many report feelings of emotional distress, anxiety and a lack of preparation to provide care to pati...

    Claire Lewis, Joanne Reid, Zara McLernon, Rory Ingham and Marian Traynor

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:67

    Published on: 2 August 2016

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