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  1. As primary care populations age, timely identification of palliative care need is becoming increasingly relevant. Previous studies have targeted particular patient populations with life-limiting disease, but f...

    Authors: Ethan P. Heinzen, Patrick M. Wilson, Curtis B. Storlie, Gabriel O. Demuth, Shusaku W. Asai, Gavin M. Schaeferle, Mairead M. Bartley and Rachel D. Havyer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:9
  2. Palliative sedation involves the intentional lowering of consciousness at the end of life. It can be initiated to relieve a patient’s burden caused by refractory symptoms at the end of life. The impact of pall...

    Authors: Maaike Rijpstra, Kris Vissers, Carlos Centeno, Johan Menten, Lukas Radbruch, Sebastiano Mercadante, Michael Van der Elst, Claudio Adile, Maria Arantzamendi, Evelien Kuip, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston and Jeroen Hasselaar
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:8
  3. Authors: Kelly Jia Hui Teo, Mac Yu Kai Teo, Anushka Pisupati, Rui Song Ryan Ong, Chloe Keyi Goh, Claire Hui Xian Seah, You Ru Toh, Neha Burla, Natalie Song Yi Koh, Kuang Teck Tay, Yun Ting Ong, Min Chiam, Warren Fong, Limin Wijaya, Suzanne Pei Lin Goh and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:7

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:200

  4. Research has shown that routinely assessed, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have positive effects in patients with advanced oncologic diseases. However, the transferability of these results to specia...

    Authors: Evelyn Müller, Regine Mayer-Steinacker, Deniz Gencer, Jens Keßler, Bernd Alt-Epping, Stefan Schönsteiner, Helga Jäger, Bettina Couné, Luise Elster, Muhammet Keser, Julia Rauser, Susanne Marquardt and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:6
  5. Access to palliative care is an emerging global public health challenge. In Chile, a palliative care law was recently enacted to extend palliative care coverage to the non-oncologic population. Thus, a reliabl...

    Authors: Nicolás Armijo, Tomás Abbot, Manuel Espinoza, Ximena Neculhueque and Carlos Balmaceda
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:5
  6. Limited efficacy has been observed when using opioids to treat neuropathic pain. Lidocaine patches reduce neuropathic pain in postherpetic neuralgia, but their benefits for cancer-related neuropathic pain rema...

    Authors: Jui-Hung Tsai, I-Ting Liu, Pei-Fang Su, Ying-Tzu Huang, Ge-Lin Chiu, Yu-Yeh Chen, Wei-Shu Lai and Peng-Chan Lin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:4
  7. Pneumonia in cancer patients is often problematic in order to decide whether to admit and administer antibiotics or pursue a comfort care pathway that may avoid in-hospital death. We aimed to identify factors ...

    Authors: Chanchanok Aramrat, Thawalrat Ratanasiri and Patama Gomutbutra
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:3
  8. Primary care providers play a critical role in providing early palliative care to their patients. Despite the availability of clinical education on best practices in palliative care, primary care providers oft...

    Authors: Hsien Seow, Daryl Bainbridge, Samantha Winemaker, Kelli Stajduhar, Gregory Pond, Kathy Kortes-Miller, Denise Marshall, Frances Kilbertus, Jeff Myers, Leah Steinberg, Nadia Incardona, Oren Levine and Jose Pereira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:2
  9. Although being recognized by the World Health Organization as an essential domain of palliative care, spiritual care is still one of the most neglected component of the healthcare system. In this editorial, we...

    Authors: Barry Quinn and Michael Connolly
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:1
  10. Palliative care for patients with advanced cancer improves suffering symptoms, and quality of life (QoL). However, routine implementation of palliative care by specialty palliative care consultation is still a...

    Authors: Pitchayapa Pornrattanakavee, Tassaya Srichan, Kasan Seetalarom, Siriwimon Saichaemchan, Nittha Oer-areemitr and Naiyarat Prasongsook
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:229
  11. Due to the complexity of the provision of care for people with dementia, pain assessment and management is still considered to be lacking. An optimal way to support frontline staff in providing pain assessment...

    Authors: Frank Spichiger, Thomas Volken, Georg Bosshard, Nicole Zigan, Geneviève Blanc, Andreas Büscher, Martin Nagl-Cupal, Mathieu Bernard, Eve Rubli Truchard, Philip Larkin and Andrea Koppitz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:228
  12. Patients at the end-of-life may experience refractory symptoms of which pain, delirium, vomiting and dyspnea are the most frequent. Palliative sedation can be considered a last resort option to alleviate one o...

    Authors: M. Van der Elst, S. Payne, M. Arantzamendi, N. Preston, J. Hasselaar, C. Centeno, A. Belar, B. Jaspers, H. Brunsch, S. Surges, C. Adile and J. Menten
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:227
  13. Psychosocial interventions are rapidly emerging in palliative care. However, randomized trials often fail to provide evidence for their effectiveness with regard to patient-reported outcomes. Stress biomarkers...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Martin Stoffel, Friederike Koehler, Hubert J. Bardenheuer, Jens Kessler and Beate Ditzen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:226
  14. Providing palliative care to patients who withdraw from life-sustaining treatments is crucial; however, delays or the absence of such services are prevalent. This study used natural language processing and net...

    Authors: Wei-Chin Tsai, Yun-Cheng Tsai, Kuang-Cheng Kuo, Shao-Yi Cheng, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Tai-Yuan Chiu and Hsien-Liang Huang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:225
  15. Authors: Sam Straw, Melanie McGinlay, Michael Drozd, Thomas A. Slater, Alice Cowley, Stephe Kamalathasan, Nicholas Maxwell, Rory A. Bird, Aaron O. Koshy, Milos Prica, Peysh A. Patel, Samuel D. Relton, John Gierula, Richard M. Cubbon, Mark T. Kearney and Klaus K. Witte
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:224

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:10

  16. Chile presents a context of an aging population and increased life expectancy, leading to many older adults (OA) needing palliative care (PC) during the course of their illness. The SPICT-ES™ is an instrument ...

    Authors: Ximena Farfán-Zuñiga and Melissa Zimmermann-Vildoso
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:223
  17. Despite that early integration of palliative care is recommended in advanced cancer patients, referrals to outpatient specialised palliative care (SPC) frequently occur late. Well-defined referral criteria are...

    Authors: S. Müller, M. Fink, J. Hense, M. R. Salvador Comino, M. Schuler, M. Teufel and M. Tewes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:221
  18. Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is an effective treatment for managing symptoms of advanced cancer. At least half of all radiation treatments are delivered with palliative intent, aimed at relieving symptoms, su...

    Authors: Melissa O’Neil, Timothy K. Nguyen, Joanna Laba, Robert Dinniwell, Andrew Warner and David A. Palma
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:220
  19. Little direction exists on how to effectively implement palliative care for patients with COPD. In the COMPASSION study, we developed, executed, and evaluated a multifaceted implementation strategy to improve ...

    Authors: Johanna M. C. Broese, Rianne M. J. J. van der Kleij, Els M. L. Verschuur, Huib A. M. Kerstjens, Yvonne Engels and Niels H. Chavannes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:219
  20. Neurological diseases cause numerous challenges in palliative care. Telemedicine may improve the access to specialized expertise in neurology for patients, their relatives, and palliative care physicians. The ...

    Authors: Shirin Gatter, Kirsten Brukamp, Daniela Adolf, Jürgen Zerth, Stefan Lorenzl and Christiane Weck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:218
  21. Since 2016, France is the only country in the World where continuous deep sedation until death (CDSUD) is regulated by law. CDSUD serves as a response to refractory suffering in palliative situations where the...

    Authors: L. Fasse, N. Roche, C. Flahault, M. Garrouste-Orgeas, M. Ximenes, A. Pages, A. Evin, S. Dauchy, F. Scotte, JB. Le Provost, F. Blot and C. Mateus
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:217
  22. Such patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient-centered outcome measures as the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS), Phase of Illness, and IPOS Views on Care (IPOS VoC), facilitate pati...

    Authors: Hannah Seipp, Jörg Haasenritter, Michaela Hach, Dorothée Becker, Dania Schütze, Jennifer Engler, Stefan Bösner and Katrin Kuss
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:216
  23. Although a significant proportion of children with cancer need palliative care, few are referred or referred late, with oncologists and haematologists gatekeeping the referral process. We aimed to explore the ...

    Authors: Naveen Salins, Sean Hughes and Nancy Preston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:215
  24. General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in the provision of primary palliative care (PC). The identification of patients who might benefit from PC and the timely initiation of patient-centred PC measures a...

    Authors: Kambiz Afshar, Katharina van Baal, Birgitt Wiese, Tanja Schleef, Stephanie Stiel, Gabriele Müller-Mundt and Nils Schneider
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:214
  25. Interdisciplinary collaboration between healthcare providers with regard to consultation, transfer and advice in terminal care is both important and challenging. The use of video communication in terminal care...

    Authors: Richard M. H. Evering, Marloes G. Postel, Harmieke van Os-Medendorp, Marloes Bults and Marjolein E. M. den Ouden
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:213
  26. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and a cancer death is a major risk factor for pathological bereavement. This systematic review of the literature aimed to identify biopsychosocial and exi...

    Authors: Marie Hasdenteufel and Bruno Quintard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:212
  27. Resources for healthcare professionals, patients and those important to them relating to planning and coordinating treatment and care at the end of life are abundant, and can be difficult to navigate. However,...

    Authors: Edric Aram Ramirez-Valdez, Clare Leong, Frances Wu, Sarah Ball, Giulia Maistrello, Graham Martin and Zoë Fritz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:211
  28. The identification of patients with advanced chronic conditions and palliative care needs is essential since their care represents one of the main challenges for public health systems. The study aimed to deter...

    Authors: Agnès Calsina-Berna, Jordi Amblàs Novellas, Jesús González-Barboteo, Ignasi Bardés Robles, Elba Beas Alba, Marisa Martínez-Muñoz, Rafael Madariaga Sánchez and Xavier Gómez Batiste Alentorn
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:210
  29. Early palliative care (PC) has shown beneficial effects for advanced cancer patients. However, it is still debated what criteria to use to identify patients for PC referral.

    Authors: Alessandra Pigni, Sara Alfieri, Augusto Tommaso Caraceni, Ernesto Zecca, Viviana Fusetti, Antonino Tallarita and Cinzia Brunelli
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:209
  30. Little is known about patients’ intention for participation in end-of-life decisions (EOLD) in three coastal provinces in southern China. This study aimed to explore the willingness of patients with cancer pai...

    Authors: Xi Ke, Hongyu Zhu, Yu Zhang, Ling Yang, Simei Shi, Fang Zhu and Huiyu Luo
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:207
  31. While research is needed to advocate for implementation of global agendas to strengthen palliative care, healthcare professionals’ research literacy must improve to bridge the gap between evidence and practice...

    Authors: Powell RA, Ali Z, N Gikaara, S Qanungo, Melikam ES and Cartmell KB
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:206
  32. Chronic heart failure is a common condition, and its prevalence is expected to rise significantly over the next two decades. Research demonstrates the increasing multidimensional needs of patients and caregive...

    Authors: Stephanie Hicks, Martin Davidson, Nikolaos Efstathiou and Ping Guo
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:205
  33. Individuals’ willingness to engage in advance care planning is influenced by factors such as culture and religious beliefs. While most studies on advance care planning in Asia have been performed in high-incom...

    Authors: Diah Martina, Christina Yeni Kustanti, Rahajeng Dewantari, Noorwati Sutandyo, Rudi Putranto, Hamzah Shatri, Christantie Effendy, Agnes van der Heide, Carin C. D. van der Rijt and Judith A. C. Rietjens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:204
  34. Proper advance care planning (ACP) documentation both improves patient care and is increasingly seen as a marker of high quality by governmental payers. The transition of most medical documentation to electron...

    Authors: Adela Wu, Robert J. Huang, Gabriela Ruiz Colón, Chris Zembrzuski and Chirag B. Patel
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:203
  35. Many people living with dementia eventually require care services and spend the remainder of their lives in long-term care (LTC) homes. Yet, many residents with dementia do not receive coordinated, quality pal...

    Authors: N. Sutherland, O. St. Amant, S. Dupuis, P. Kontos, E. Wiersma and M. Brennan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:202
  36. Introduction to a multi-professional team who are working and caring for the dying, and facing complex moral and ethical dilemmas during Oncology and Palliative Medicine postings influence a medical student’s ...

    Authors: Kelly Jia Hui Teo, Mac Yu Kai Teo, Anushka Pisupati, Rui Song Ryan Ong, Chloe Keyi Goh, Claire Hui Xian Seah, You Ru Toh, Neha Burla, Natalie Song Yi Koh, Kuang Teck Tay, Yun Ting Ong, Min Chiam, Warren Fong, Limin Wijaya, Suzanne Pei Lin Goh and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:200

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:7

  37. In palliative care, caring for spouses suffering from incurable diseases can provoke a range of reactions in informal caregivers that are part of the grieving process, as well as other reactions and ways of co...

    Authors: Jelena Bilić, Lea Skokandić and Livia Puljak
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:199
  38. Up to half of adults with advanced cancer report anxiety or depression symptoms, which can cause avoidance of future planning. We present a study protocol for an innovative, remotely-delivered, acceptance-base...

    Authors: Joanna J. Arch, Jill L. Mitchell, Sarah J. Schmiege, Michael E. Levin, Sarah R. Genung, Madeline S. Nealis, Regina M. Fink, Emma E. Bright, David J. Andorsky and Jean S. Kutner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:198
  39. Several studies demonstrated that cancer patients visited the emergency department (ED) frequently. This indicates unmet needs and poor-quality palliative care. We aimed to investigate the factors that contrib...

    Authors: Netsakao Dumnui, Kittiphon Nagaviroj and Thunyarat Anothaisintawee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:197
  40. Non-beneficial treatment is closely tied to inappropriate treatment at the end-of-life. Understanding the interplay between how and why these situations arise in acute care settings according to the various st...

    Authors: Jamie Jay-May Lo, Nicholas Graves, Joyce Huimin Chee and Zoe Jane-Lara Hildon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:195
  41. Little research exists on the role of β-amyloid PET scans as part of Alzheimer’s diagnostic tests and documentation of end-of-life preferences for persons with cognitive impairment. The study objectives were t...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Bélanger, Elyse Couch, Michaela S. Carroll, Nicole DePasquale, Emily A. Gadbois, Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Eric Jutkowitz, Courtney H. Van Houtven, Brenda L. Plassman and Terrie T. Wetle
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:194
  42. Those experiencing socioeconomic deprivation have poorer quality of health throughout their life course which can result in poorer quality of death – with decreased access to palliative care services, greater ...

    Authors: Sarah P Bowers, Ming Chin, Maire O’Riordan and Emma Carduff
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:193
  43. Palliative care provision for persons experiencing homelessness is often poor. A threefold consultation service intervention was expected to increase knowledge of palliative care and multidisciplinary collabor...

    Authors: Hanna T. Klop, Anke J. E. de Veer, Jaap R. G. Gootjes, Marieke Groot, Judith A. C. Rietjens and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:192
  44. Methadone is commonly considered an alternative opioid treatment for refractory cancer pain. This study aims to investigate the efficacy, safety, and cost of methadone in the treatment of refractory cancer pain.

    Authors: Haiying Ding, Yu Song, Wenxiu Xin, Jiao Sun, Like Zhong, Qinfei Zhou, Chaoneng He, Liyan Gong and Luo Fang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:191
  45. Authors: Ian W Garner, Catherine Walshe, Lesley Dunleavy, Andy Bradshaw, Nancy Preston, Lorna K Fraser, Fliss EM Murtagh, Adejoke O Oluyase, Katherine E Sleeman, Mevhibe Hocaoglu, Sabrina Bajwah, Rachel L Chambers, Matthew Maddocks and Irene J Higginson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:190

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:176

  46. Patients with advanced cancer are prone to experience burdensome physical, psychological, and financial consequences. Healthcare providers may not fully appreciate advanced cancer pat...

    Authors: Yueh-Chun Chen, Hsiang-Ping Huang, Tao-Hsin Tung, Ming-Yang Lee, Randal D. Beaton, Yung-Chang Lin and Sui-Whi Jane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:189

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