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  1. This study examined phenomenological manifestations of delirium in advanced cancer patients by examining the factor structure of the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98) and profiles of delirium symptoms.

    Authors: Eun-Jung Shim, Hyeju Ha, Won-Hyoung Kim, Moon-Hee Lee, Jisun Park, Kwang-Min Lee, Kyung-Lak Son, Chan-Woo Yeom and Bong-Jin Hahm

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:162

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The aim of this study was to optimize a Question Prompt List which is designed to improve communication about the heart failure trajectory among patients, family members, and health care professionals.

    Authors: Lisa Hjelmfors, Martje H. L. van der Wal, Maria Friedrichsen, Anna Milberg, Jan Mårtensson, Anna Sandgren, Anna Strömberg and Tiny Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:161

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Most terminally ill cancer patients prefer to die at home, but a majority die in institutional settings. Research questions about this discrepancy have not been fully answered. This study applies artificial in...

    Authors: Heidi Kern, Giorgio Corani, David Huber, Nicola Vermes, Marco Zaffalon, Marco Varini, Claudia Wenzel and André Fringer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:160

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Volunteer navigation is an innovative way to help older persons get connected to resources in their community that they may not know about or have difficulty accessing. Nav-CARE is an intervention in which vol...

    Authors: Barbara Pesut, Wendy Duggleby, Grace Warner, Paxton Bruce, Sunita Ghosh, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Cheryl Nekolaichuk and Jasneet Parmar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:159

    Content type: Research article

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  5. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Leslye Rojas-Concha, Maiken Bang Hansen, Morten Aagaard Petersen and Mogens Groenvold

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:157

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:81

  6. Despite the urgent need for palliative care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it is not yet daily practice. Important factors influencing the provision of palliative care...

    Authors: Johanna M. C. Broese, Rianne M. J. J. van der Kleij, Huib A. M. Kerstjens, Els M. L. Verschuur, Yvonne Engels and Niels H. Chavannes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:155

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. End-of-life caregiving frequently is managed by friends and family. Studies on hastened death, including aid in dying or assisted suicide, indicate friends and family also play essential roles before, during, ...

    Authors: Jane Lowers, Melissa Scardaville, Sean Hughes and Nancy J. Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:154

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Palliative care is typically performed in-hospital. However, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers are uniquely positioned to deliver early palliative care as they are often the first point of medical cont...

    Authors: Caleb Hanson Gage, Heike Geduld and Willem Stassen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:153

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Patients have a ‘need to know’ (instrumental need) and a ‘need to feel known’ (affective need). During consultations with patients with limited health literacy (LHL) in the palliative phase of their disease, b...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Lotte Schulze, Ruud Roodbeen, Gudule Boland, Liesbeth M. van Vliet, Maria van den Muijsenbergh and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:152

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Eliciting individual values and preferences of patients is essential to delivering high quality palliative care and ensuring patient-centered advance care planning. Despite advance care planning conserving hea...

    Authors: Rakhshan Kamran and Arianna Dal Cin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:151

    Content type: Technical advance

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  11. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process by which patients reflect upon their goals, values and beliefs to allow them to make decisions about their future medical treatment that align with their goals and valu...

    Authors: J. T. Toguri, L. Grant-Nunn and R. Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:150

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Training in medical ethics aims to educate health care professionals in dealing with daily care ethical issues. To guarantee quality of life and spiritual and emotional support, palliative care professionals h...

    Authors: Ludovica De Panfilis, Silvia Tanzi, Marta Perin, Elena Turola and Giovanna Artioli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:149

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Patient access to medicines at home during the last year of life is critical for symptom control, but is thought to be problematic. Little is known about healthcare professionals’ practices in supporting timel...

    Authors: Sue Latter, Natasha Campling, Jacqueline Birtwistle, Alison Richardson, Michael I. Bennett, Sean Ewings, David Meads and Miriam Santer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:148

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Sedation in palliative care is frequently but controversially discussed. Heterogeneous definitions and conceptual confusion have been cited as contributing to different problems 1) relevant to empirical resear...

    Authors: Alexander Kremling and Jan Schildmann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:147

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Many people move in and out of hospital in the last few weeks of life. These care transitions can be distressing for family members because they signify the deterioration and impending death of their ill relat...

    Authors: Sue Duke, Natasha Campling, Carl R. May, Susi Lund, Neil Lunt and Alison Richardson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:146

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The increase in the number of pediatric patients with complex health conditions necessitates the application of advance care planning for children. Earlier, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment was taboo in...

    Authors: In Gyu Song, Sung Han Kang, Min Sun Kim, Cho Hee Kim, Yi Ji Moon and Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:145

    Content type: Research article

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  17. It is recommended that patients with progressive neurological disease (PND) receive general and specialized palliative care. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of neuropalliative care on qua...

    Authors: Radka Bužgová, Radka Kozáková and Michal Bar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:143

    Content type: Research article

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  18. While hospitals remain the most common place of death in many western countries, specialised palliative care (SPC) at home is an alternative to improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. W...

    Authors: Christine Marie Bækø Halling, Rasmus Trap Wolf, Per Sjøgren, Hans Von Der Maase, Helle Timm, Christoffer Johansen and Jakob Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:142

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Patients often view “palliative care” (PC) as an approach that is synonymous with end-of-life and death, leading to shock and fear. Differing cultural and social norms and religious affiliations greatly determ...

    Authors: Naheed Dosani, Ravi Bhargava, Amit Arya, Celeste Pang, Pavinder Tut, Achal Sharma and Martin Chasen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:141

    Content type: Research article

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  20. There is controversy regarding the practical implementation of symptom-focused oncological cancer therapies to hospice residents. In this study, we aim to analyse the use and indication of supportive-oncologic...

    Authors: Ulrich Kaiser, Ursula Vehling-Kaiser, Fabian Kück, Nicolae-Catalin Mechie, Ana Hoffmann and Florian Kaiser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:140

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Palliative care is becoming increasingly important because the number of patients with an incurable disease is growing and their survival is improving. Previous research tells us that early palliative care has...

    Authors: Janneke van Roij, Myrte Zijlstra, Laurien Ham, Linda Brom, Heidi Fransen, Art Vreugdenhil, Natasja Raijmakers and Lonneke van de Poll-Franse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:139

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Studies have shown that telehealth applications in palliative care are feasible, can improve quality of care, and reduce costs but few studies have focused on user acceptance of current technology applications...

    Authors: M. Nguyen, J. Fujioka, K. Wentlandt, N. Onabajo, I. Wong, R. S. Bhatia, O. Bhattacharyya and V. Stamenova

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:138

    Content type: Research article

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  23. It is not clear how lay people prioritize the various, sometimes conflicting, interests when they make surrogate medical decisions, especially in non-Western cultures. The extent such decisions are perspective...

    Authors: Muhammad M. Hammami, Areej Al Balkhi, Sophia S. De Padua and Kafa Abuhdeeb

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:137

    Content type: Research article

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  24. A critical barrier to improving the quality of end-of-life (EOL) cancer care is our lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying variation in EOL treatment intensity. This study aims to fill this gap by ...

    Authors: Kristin E. Knutzen, Karen E. Schifferdecker, Genevra F. Murray, Shama S. Alam, Gabriel A. Brooks, Nirav S. Kapadia, Rebecca Butcher and Amber E. Barnato

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:136

    Content type: Study protocol

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  25. Hospitalisation of patients with advanced dementia is generally regarded as less preferable compared to care at home or in a nursing home. For patients with other diagnoses, young age has been associated with ...

    Authors: Lisa Martinsson, Staffan Lundström and Johan Sundelöf

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:135

    Content type: Research article

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  26. To assure patient-centred end-of-life care, palliative interventions need to account for patients’ preferences. Advance care planning (ACP) is a structured approach that allows patients, relatives and physicia...

    Authors: Carola Seifart, Martin Koch, Nico Leppin, Katharina Nagelschmidt, Jorge Riera Knorrenschild, Nina Timmesfeld, Winfried Rief and Pia von Blanckenburg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:134

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. Palliative care is increasingly becoming an accepted treatment choice for many individuals diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Yet, its utilisation is non-existent in many lower- and middle-income ...

    Authors: Catherine Sarfo-Walters and Edward Appiah Boateng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:133

    Content type: Research article

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  28. While the impact of family caregiving has been well-documented, many of such studies center on investigating external factors such as socioeconomic status, accessibility to resources and availability of social...

    Authors: Geraldine Tan-Ho, Ping Ying Choo, Paul Victor Patinadan, Casuarine Xinyi Low and Andy Hau Yan Ho

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:132

    Content type: Research article

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  29. End-of-life care is provided in a variety of healthcare settings, not just palliative care hospitals. This is one reason why it is very important to assess all barriers to end-of-life care and to provide safe ...

    Authors: Aurelija Blaževičienė, Lina Laurs and Jamesetta A. Newland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:131

    Content type: Research article

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  30. When a patient is approaching death in the intensive care unit (ICU), patients’ relatives must make a rapid transition from focusing on their beloved one’s recovery to preparation for their unavoidable death. ...

    Authors: Margo M. C. van Mol, Sebastian Wagener, Jos M. Latour, Paul A. Boelen, Peter E. Spronk, Corstiaan A. den Uil and Judith A. C. Rietjens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:130

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Advanced cancer affects people’s lives, often causing stress, anxiety and depression. Peer mentor interventions are used to address psychosocial concerns, but their outcomes and effect are not known. Our objec...

    Authors: Catherine Walshe, Diane Roberts, Lynn Calman, Lynda Appleton, Robert Croft, Suzanne Skevington, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Gunn Grande and Guillermo Perez Algorta

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:129

    Content type: Research article

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  32. To understand the status of residents’ awareness of and demand for hospice care services in Hangzhou and to provide a reference for promoting the formulation of hospice care-related policies in China.

    Authors: Yanhong Xie, Ying Xu, Shulan Yang, Jing Yan, Xiao Qing Jin and Caixia Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:128

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The supportive hospice aged residential exchange (SHARE) is a new model of palliative care education that has been designed for residential aged care. The goal of SHARE is to help clinical staff improve pallia...

    Authors: Rosemary Frey, Sophia Barham, Deborah Balmer, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson and Merryn Gott

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:127

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Current policies recommend integrating home care and palliative care to enable patients to remain at home and avoid unnecessary hospital admission and emergency department (ED) visits. The Italian health care ...

    Authors: Alberto Borraccino, Sara Campagna, Gianfranco Politano, Marco Dalmasso, Valerio Dimonte and Maria Michela Gianino

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:126

    Content type: Research article

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  35. When death ends a life, the impact of caring for person who suffered a period of illness or disease continues for significant others who are left to grieve. They should be offered support to avoid complicated ...

    Authors: Ulla Näppä and Kerstin Björkman-Randström

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:124

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Palliative and end-of-life care development is hindered by a lack of information about the circumstances surrounding dying in developing and resource-poor countries. Our aims were to develop and obtain face an...

    Authors: Nicholas Jennings, Kenneth Chambaere, Cheryl Cox Macpherson, Karen L. Cox, Luc Deliens and Joachim Cohen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:123

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Difficulties in prognostication are common deterrents to palliative care among dementia patients. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of palliative care in reducing the extent of utilization of medi...

    Authors: Chih-Pang Chu, Cho-Yin Huang, Chian-Jue Kuo, Ying-Yeh Chen, Chun-Tse Chen, Tien-Wei Yang and Hsing-Cheng Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:122

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Many older people wish to die at home. However, there is still a huge gap between the place where older adults wish to die and the place where they, in fact, do die. We aimed to assess the association between ...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Abe, Atsushi Miyawaki, Yasuki Kobayashi, Taeko Watanabe and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:121

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  39. Despite evidence that family members’ support to each other can be of importance to its members, there are limited studies of factors related to family members’ sense of such support during palliative care.

    Authors: Anna Milberg, Maria Liljeroos, Rakel Wåhlberg and Barbro Krevers

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:120

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Palliative Care Day Services (PCDS) offer supportive care to people with advanced, progressive illness who may be approaching the end of life. Despite the growth of PCDS in recent years, evidence of their cost...

    Authors: Paul Mark Mitchell, Joanna Coast, Gareth Myring, Federico Ricciardi, Victoria Vickerstaff, Louise Jones, Shazia Zafar, Sarah Cudmore, Joanne Jordan, Laurie McKibben, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Anne M. Finucane, Alistair Hewison, Erna Haraldsdottir, Kevin Brazil and W. George Kernohan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:119

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Managing transition of adolescents/young adults with life-limiting conditions from children’s to adult services has become a global health and social care issue. Suboptimal transitions from children’s to adult...

    Authors: Helen Kerr, Kimberley Widger, Geraldine Cullen-Dean, Jayne Price and Peter O’Halloran

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:115

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Mothers and fathers are severely challenged when providing care for their terminally ill child at end of life. Caregiving needs have been studied predominantly in mothers. Differences in caregiving needs betwe...

    Authors: Tanja Leemann, Eva Bergstraesser, Eva Cignacco and Karin Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:118

    Content type: Research article

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  43. General Practitioners (GPs) are the main providers of primary palliative care (PPC). At the same time they are the main initiators of specialised palliative homecare (SPHC). In Germany, little is known about f...

    Authors: K. Stichling, M. Krause, B. Ditscheid, M. Hach, M. Jansky, M. Kaufmann, T. Lehmann, W. Meißner, F. Nauck, W. Schneider, S. Schulz, H. C. Vollmar, U. Wedding, J. Bleidorn and A. Freytag

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:117

    Content type: Research article

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  44. A large number of the hospice patients have been reported to be with symptoms of pain. Thus, managing the patient’s pain is one aspect of hospice care provision. The delivery of pain care services could be fac...

    Authors: Yijin Wu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:116

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Palliative care is a modality of treatment that addresses physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms. Dignity therapy, a form of psychotherapy, was developed by Professor Harvey Chochinov, MD in 2005.The a...

    Authors: John Weru, Miriam Gatehi and Alice Musibi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:114

    Content type: Research article

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  46. While a palliative approach is generally perceived to be an integral part of the intensive care unit (ICU), the provision of palliative care in this setting is challenging. This review aims to identify factors...

    Authors: Hanan Hamdan Alshehri, Sepideh Olausson, Joakim Öhlén and Axel Wolf

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:113

    Content type: Research article

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