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  1. Content type: Research article

    Until recently, palliative care (PC) resources in Finland have been sparse. To meet the increasing need for PC an end-of-life (EOL) care project has been ongoing in South Western Finland since 2012, and in 201...

    Authors: Outi M. Hirvonen, Jenni E. Alalahti, Kari J. Syrjänen and Sirkku M. Jyrkkiö

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:128

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Patients who engage in Advance Care Planning (ACP) are more likely to get care consistent with their values. We sought to determine the barriers and facilitators to ACP engagement after discharge from hospital.

    Authors: Vanessa Peck, Sabira Valiani, Peter Tanuseputro, Sunita Mulpuru, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Edward Fitzgibbon, Alan Forster and Daniel Kobewka

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:127

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Quality of Life (QoL) is the most important outcome for patients in palliative care along with symptom alleviation. Metastatic prostate cancer (mPC) is a life-threatening illness, and hence, a palliative care ...

    Authors: Maja Holm, Sandra Doveson, Olav Lindqvist, Agneta Wennman-Larsen and Per Fransson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:126

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Evidence about the effectiveness of music therapy for improving the quality of life of palliative care patients is positive but weak in terms of risk of bias.

    Authors: Sam Porter, Tracey McConnell, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Joan Regan, Miriam McKeown, Jenny Kirkwood, Mike Clarke, Evie Gardner, Saskie Dorman, Kerry McGrillen and Joanne Reid

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:125

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Anticipatory grief (AG) among caregivers of people with dementia is common and has been found to be related to negative health outcomes. Previous studies showed different patterns of AG between spousal and adu...

    Authors: Daphne Sze Ki Cheung, Ken Hok Man Ho, Tsz Fung Cheung, Simon Ching Lam and Mimi Mun Yee Tse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:124

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Many terminally ill patients in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) fail to receive needed medical attention and social support. In 2016 a primary healthcare centreer (PHCC) in Doboj (BiH) requested the methodological an...

    Authors: S. Aebischer Perone, R. Nikolic, R. Lazic, E. Dropic, T. Vogel, B. Lab, S. Lachat, P. Hudelson, C. Matis, S. Pautex and F. Chappuis

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:123

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  7. Content type: Research article

    As understandings of the impacts of end-of-life experiences on parents’ grief and bereavement increase, so too does the inclusion of bereaved parents into research studies exploring these experiences. However,...

    Authors: Ashleigh E. Butler, Helen Hall and Beverley Copnell

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:122

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  8. Content type: Correction

    After publication, the authors noticed some minor errors in “Nested qualitative sub-study” section, first paragraph of the section, page 7 of the published article.

    Authors: Anastasia K. Kalpakidou, Chris Todd, Vaughan Keeley, Jane Griffiths, Karen Spencer, Victoria Vickerstaff, Rumana Z. Omar and Patrick Stone

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:121

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    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:101

  9. Content type: Research article

    The treatment of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis represents one of the most significant challenges to global health. Despite guidance on improving treatment outcomes, there is little focus on how to support i...

    Authors: Joseph M. Sawyer, Rahul Asgr, Florence N. Todd Fordham and John D.H. Porter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:120

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  10. Content type: Research article

    People experiencing homelessness often encounter progressive incurable somatic diseases in combination with psychiatric and psychosocial problems, and many need palliative care at the end of their lives. Littl...

    Authors: Anke J E de Veer, Barbara Stringer, Berno van Meijel, Renate Verkaik and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:119

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  11. Content type: Research article

    End-of-life care (EoLC) is an experience that touches the lives of everyone. Dying in an acute hospital is a common occurrence in developed countries across the world. Previous studies have shown that there is...

    Authors: Sarah Donnelly, Geraldine Prizeman, Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Bettina Korn and Geralyn Hynes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:117

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  12. Content type: Technical advance

    A national Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation policy was rolled out for the National Health Service in Wales in 2015. A national steering group led on producing information videos and a website for p...

    Authors: Mark Taubert, James Norris, Sioned Edwards, Veronica Snow and Ilora Gillian Finlay

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:118

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  13. Content type: Research article

    More patients are dying in non-palliative care settings than in palliative care settings. How health care providers care for adult patients at the end-of-life stage in non-palliative care settings has not been...

    Authors: Xiao Bin Lai, Frances Kam Yuet Wong and Shirley Siu Yin Ching

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:116

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines recommend early access to palliative care together with optimal, disease-directed therapy for people with advanced disease, however, this occurs infreque...

    Authors: Natasha Smallwood, David Currow, Sara Booth, Anna Spathis, Louis Irving and Jennifer Philip

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:115

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  15. Content type: Research article

    As the do not resuscitate” (DNR) discussion involves communication, this study explored (1) the effects of a title that included “allow natural death”, and of information contents and outcomes of the decision; a...

    Authors: Sheng-Yu Fan, Ying-Wei Wang and I-Mei Lin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:114

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  16. Content type: Research article

    To improve the care of patients with advanced COPD and be able to address their palliative needs a new outpatient organization (CAPTAIN) was developed and implemented. CAPTAIN was inspired by best practice and...

    Authors: Dorthe Gaby Bove, Marie Lavesen, Maria Omel Jellington, Kristoffer Bastrup-Madsen Marsaa and Suzanne Forsyth Herling

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:113

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Professional societies call for integration of end-of-life discussions early in the trajectory of heart failure, yet it remains unclear where current practices stand in relation to these recommendations. We so...

    Authors: Fiona Ecarnot, Nicolas Meunier-Beillard, Marie-France Seronde, Romain Chopard, François Schiele, Jean-Pierre Quenot and Nicolas Meneveau

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:112

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    In Germany, patients suffering from life-limiting conditions are eligible for specialized outpatient palliative care (SOPC). Evaluation of the quality of this service lacks currently integration of patient-rel...

    Authors: Katrin Kuss, Hannah Seipp, Dorothée Becker, Stefan Bösner, Antje Erler, Dania Gruber, Michaela Hach, Lisa R Ulrich and Jörg Haasenritter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:111

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Radiation therapy (RT) results in pain relief for about 6 of 10 patients with cancer induced bone pain (CIBP) caused by bone metastases. The high number of non-responders, the long median time from RT to pain ...

    Authors: Ragnhild Habberstad, Trude Camilla Salvesen Frøseth, Nina Aass, Tatiana Abramova, Theo Baas, Siri Tessem Mørkeset, Augusto Caraceni, Barry Laird, Jason W Boland, Romina Rossi, Elena Garcia-Alonso, Hanne Stensheim, Jon Håvard Loge, Marianne Jensen Hjermstad, Ellen Bjerkeset, Asta Bye…

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:110

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Globally the state of palliative care research remains uncertain. Questions remain regarding impact, funding, and research priorities. Building upon previous research, this review examines palliative care rese...

    Authors: Sonja McIlfatrick, Deborah H. L. Muldrew, Felicity Hasson and Sheila Payne

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:109

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A lack of evidence and psychometrically sound measures of compassion necessitated the development of the first known, empirically derived, theoretical Patient Compassion Model (PCM) generated from qualitative ...

    Authors: Shane Sinclair, Priya Jaggi, Thomas F. Hack, Susan E. McClement, Shelley Raffin-Bouchal and Pavneet Singh

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:108

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Medical advances have led to new challenges in decision-making for parents of seriously ill children. Many parents say religion and spirituality (R&S) influence their decisions, but the mechanism and outcomes ...

    Authors: Alexandra K. Superdock, Raymond C. Barfield, Debra H. Brandon and Sharron L. Docherty

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:107

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    Death rattle (DR), caused by mucus in the respiratory tract, occurs in about half of patients who are in the dying phase. Relatives often experience DR as distressing. Anticholinergics are recommended to treat...

    Authors: Harriëtte J. van Esch, Lia van Zuylen, Esther Oomen–de Hoop, Agnes van der Heide and Carin C. D. van der Rijt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:105

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Opinion about euthanasia has been explored among the general population and recently in patients receiving palliative care. 96% of the French population declared themselves in favor of euthanasia while less of...

    Authors: Alexandre de Nonneville, Théo Chabal, Anthony Marin, Jean Marc La Piana, Marie Fichaux, Véronique Tuzzolino, Florence Duffaud, Pascal Auquier, Augustin Boulanger, Karine Baumstark and Sébastien Salas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:104

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Patients with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) and patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) share similar symptom burden with cancer patients, however, they are unlikely to receive palliative care...

    Authors: N. Siouta, P. Clement, B. Aertgeerts, K. Van Beek and J. Menten

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:103

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Pain Management Index (PMI) is widely used in the assessment of pain management, and negative scores are traditionally considered to indicate inadequate pain management. However, it is not known whether ne...

    Authors: Naoki Sakakibara, Takahiro Higashi, Itsuku Yamashita, Tetsusuke Yoshimoto and Motohiro Matoba

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:102

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  27. Content type: Study protocol

    More accurate methods of prognostication are likely to lead to improvements in the quality of care of patients approaching the ends of their lives. The Prognosis in Palliative care Scales (PiPS) are prognostic...

    Authors: Anastasia K. Kalpakidou, Chris Todd, Vaughan Keeley, Jane Griffiths, Karen Spencer, Victoria Vickerstaff, Rumana Z. Omar and Patrick Stone

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:101

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:121

  28. Content type: Research article

    There is a pressing need to improve end-of-life care in acute settings. This requires meeting the learning needs of all acute care healthcare professionals to develop broader clinical expertise and bring about...

    Authors: Christy Noble, Laurie Grealish, Andrew Teodorczuk, Brenton Shanahan, Balaji Hiremagular, Jodie Morris and Sarah Yardley

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:100

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Palliative chemotherapy should be used with caution when attempting to alleviate symptoms in patients with end-stage cancer. However, palliative chemotherapy continues to be utilized in cancer patients during ...

    Authors: Tae-Kyu Jang, Dae-Yeon Kim, Shin-Wha Lee, Jeong-Yeol Park, Dae-Shik Suh, Jong-Hyeok Kim, Yong-Man Kim, Young-Tak Kim and Joo-Hyun Nam

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:99

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Laypersons including volunteers, community health navigators, or peer educators provide important support to individuals with serious illnesses in community or healthcare settings. The experiences of layperson...

    Authors: Elizabeth Somes, Joanna Dukes, Adreanne Brungardt, Sarah Jordan, Kristen DeSanto, Christine D. Jones, Urvi Jhaveri Sanghvi, Khadijah Breathett, Jacqueline Jones and Hillary D. Lum

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:98

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    The specific palliative care needs and problems of patients with a substance use disorder and multiple problems, and those of their proxies, are under recognized Besides, the organization of palliative care, i...

    Authors: Anne Ebenau, Boukje Dijkstra, Marianne Stal-Klapwijk, Chantal ter Huurne, Ans Blom, Kris Vissers and Marieke Groot

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:97

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  32. Content type: Research article

    This systematic review aimed to identify the unmet care needs and their associated variables in patients with advanced cancer and informal caregivers, alongside summarizing the tools used for needs assessment.

    Authors: Tao Wang, Alex Molassiotis, Betty Pui Man Chung and Jing-Yu Tan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:96

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Norway has one of the lowest home death rates in Europe. However, it is the health authorities´ ambition to increase this by facilitating palliative care at home. The aim of this study was to achieve more insi...

    Authors: Britt Viola Danielsen, Anne Marit Sand, Jan Henrik Rosland and Oddvar Førland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:95

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Characteristics of the physician influence the essential decision-making in end-of-life care. However, the effect of special education in palliative medicine on different aspects of decision-making in end-of-l...

    Authors: Reetta P. Piili, Juho T. Lehto, Tiina Luukkaala, Heikki Hinkka and Pirkko-Liisa I. Kellokumpu-Lehtinen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:94

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Good end-of-life care planning is vital to ensure optimal care is provided for patients and their families. Two key factors are open and honest advance care planning conversations between the patient (where po...

    Authors: Barbara A. Jack, Tracy K. Mitchell, Mary R. O’Brien, Sergio A. Silverio and Katherine Knighting

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:93

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The implementation of standardised, valid and reliable measurements in palliative care is subject to practical and methodological challenges. One aspect of ongoing discussion is the value of systematic proxy-b...

    Authors: Katharina Fetz, Hendrik Vogt, Thomas Ostermann, Andrea Schmitz and Christian Schulz-Quach

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:92

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  37. Content type: Research article

    There is limited understanding of the ‘lived experience’ of palliative care patient within the acute care setting. Failing to engage with and understand the views of patients and those close to them, has funda...

    Authors: Anne Black, Tamsin McGlinchey, Maureen Gambles, John Ellershaw and Catriona Rachel Mayland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:91

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  38. Content type: Research article

    The end of life represents a therapeutic context that acutely raises cultural and linguistic specificities, yet there is very little evidence illustrating the importance of such dynamics in shaping choices, tr...

    Authors: Emma Kirby, Zarnie Lwin, Katherine Kenny, Alex Broom, Holi Birman and Phillip Good

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:90

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Education sessions about palliative care among teenagers are uncommon in developed countries. However, very little is known either about the impact of this type of intervention or about how this age-group perc...

    Authors: Sandra Martins Pereira, Joana Araújo and Pablo Hernández-Marrero

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:89

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning (ACP) is a continuous, dynamic process of reflection and dialogue between an individual, those close to them and their healthcare professionals, concerning the individual’s preferences an...

    Authors: Ruth Piers, Gwenda Albers, Joni Gilissen, Jan De Lepeleire, Jan Steyaert, Wouter Van Mechelen, Els Steeman, Let Dillen, Paul Vanden Berghe and Lieve Van den Block

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:88

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Home is a preferred place of death for many people; however, access to a home death may not be equitable. The impact of socioeconomic status on one’s ability to die at home has been documented, yet there remai...

    Authors: Joshua Wales, Allison M. Kurahashi and Amna Husain

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:87

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Appropriate cessation of chemotherapy and timely referral of patients to hospice services are crucial for the quality of care near death. We investigated the quality of care in our Cancer Institute in very adv...

    Authors: Ilaria Massa, Oriana Nanni, Flavia Foca, Marco Maltoni, Stefania Derni, Nicola Gentili, Giovanni Luca Frassineti, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Martina Valgiusti, Dino Amadori, Elena Prati, Mattia Altini, Davide Gallegati and Elisabetta Sansoni

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:86

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this paper was to describe the development of an intervention that is developed to improve communication about the heart failure (HF) trajectory and end-of-life care. We also present data that provi...

    Authors: Lisa Hjelmfors, Anna Strömberg, Maria Friedrichsen, Anna Sandgren, Jan Mårtensson and Tiny Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:85

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Although recent studies have increasingly reported physical and psychological problems associated with cancer and its treatment, social problems of cancer patients and their families have not been sufficiently...

    Authors: Takashi Takeuchi, Kanako Ichikura, Kanako Amano, Wakana Takeshita and Kazuho Hisamura

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:83

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  45. Content type: Technical advance

    In the rapidly developing specialty of palliative care, literature reviews have become increasingly important to inform and improve the field. When applying widely used methods for literature reviews developed...

    Authors: Marieke Zwakman, Lisa M. Verberne, Marijke C. Kars, Lotty Hooft, Johannes J. M. van Delden and René Spijker

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:82

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is defined according to its principal characteristics: high intensity, short time interval between onset and peak intensity, short duration, potential recurrence over 24 h and n...

    Authors: Jaume Canal-Sotelo, Javier Trujillano-Cabello, Philip Larkin, Núria Arraràs-Torrelles, Ramona González-Rubió, Mariona Rocaspana-Garcia and Eva Barallat-Gimeno

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:81

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  47. Content type: Research article

    ACP involving a facilitated conversation with a health or care professional is more effective than document completion alone. In policy, there is an expectation that health and care professionals will provide ...

    Authors: Josie Dixon and Martin Knapp

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:78

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Advance Care Planning (ACP) and its documentation, accessible to healthcare professionals regardless of where patients are staying, can improve palliative care. ACP is usually performed by trained facilitators...

    Authors: Maaike Kok, Gertruud F. M. van der Werff, Jenske I. Geerling, Jaap Ruivenkamp, Wies Groothoff, Annette W. G. van der Velden, Monique Thoma, Jaap Talsma, Louk G. P. Costongs, Reinold O. B. Gans, Pauline de Graeff and Anna K. L. Reyners

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:79

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