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Equity and the financial costs of informal caregiving in palliative care - a critical debate

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The financial burden of end of life caregiving can be substantial, and evidence suggests that the costs of caring are not distributed equitably. Our Editorial Board Member Dr. Gardiner and colleagues present a critical debate article and a review of evidence which highlights how the financial costs of informal caregiving represent an equity issue in palliative care, and generates recommendations to be addressed through the recently established European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) Taskforce on the financial costs of family caregiving.

Blog: Highlights EAPC 2019: Global Palliative Care – Shaping the future

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BMC Palliative Care recently attended the 16th World Research Congress of the European Association Palliative Care (EAPC), which took place May 23rd - 25th in Berlin, Germany. This year’s meeting focused on a particular message: "Severely ill and dying patients need adequate access to an early, coordinated, and continuous palliative care in Europe and around the world." Here we touch upon some of the highlights of the congress.

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Aims and scope

BMC Palliative Care is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in 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.

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  • Linda Gummlich, BMC Series, London, UK

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  • Stephen Madamba, BMC Series, New York, USA

Section Editors

  • Jan Schildmann, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany​​​​​​​
  • Nancy Preston, Lancaster University, UK

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    2.015 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.65 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.407 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.056 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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