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  1. The advance directive represents patients’ health care choices and fosters patients’ autonomy. Nevertheless, understanding patients’ wishes based on the information provided in advance directives remains a cha...

    Authors: Julia Felicitas Leni Koenig, Thomas Asendorf, Alfred Simon, Annalen Bleckmann, Lorenz Truemper, Gerald Wulf and Tobias R. Overbeck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:167
  2. Cancer pain may be refractory to standard pharmacological treatment. Interventional procedures are important for quality of analgesia. The aim of the present study was to clarify the availability of four inter...

    Authors: Yuko Uehara, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Toshifumi Kosugi, Miyuki Sone, Naoki Nakamura, Akio Mizushima, Mitsunori Miyashita, Tatsuya Morita, Takuhiro Yamaguchi and Eriko Satomi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:166
  3. Advance care planning (ACP) and goals of care discussions are important instruments that enable respect for patient autonomy, especially in patients with a life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Despite the...

    Authors: Laiane Moraes Dias, Mirella Rebello Bezerra, Williams Fernandes Barra, Ana Emília Vita Carvalho, Luísa Castro and Francisca Rego
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:165
  4. Living with a parent facing life-threatening illness and losing a mom or dad at a young age can cause both short- and long-term health problems. Without satisfactory support, adolescents’ and young people are ...

    Authors: Emily Bergersen, Maria Larsson, Malin Lövgren and Cecilia Olsson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:164
  5. Chinese clinical nurses are increasingly confronting patient death, as the proportion of hospital deaths is growing. Witnessing patient suffering and death is stressful, and failure to cope with this challenge...

    Authors: Jinxin Zhang, Yingjuan Cao, Mingzhu Su, Joyce Cheng and Nengliang Yao
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:163
  6. There is limited literature around how palliative care organizations determine the degree to which they will interface with voluntary assisted dying in jurisdictions where it is legal. The aim of this research...

    Authors: Kirsten Auret, Terri J. Pikora, Kate Gersbach and Robert J. Donovan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:161
  7. There is evidence that a companion animal (CA) or ‘pet’ can be helpful during the management of chronic illness. However, the psychological effects of CAs and the mechanism by which they can be beneficial to i...

    Authors: William R. G. McGhee, Martin Dempster and Lisa Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:160
  8. The purpose of this secondary-analysis study was to identify never-before-examined factors associated with distinct depressive-symptom trajectories among family caregivers from end-of-life caregiving through t...

    Authors: Fur-Hsing Wen, Wen-Chi Chou, Po-Jung Su, Ming-Mo Hou, Wen-Chi Shen, Mei Huang Hsu and Siew Tzuh Tang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:156
  9. The provision of palliative care is increasing, with many people dying in community-based settings. It is essential that communication is effective if and when patients transition from hospice to community pal...

    Authors: Katharine Weetman, Jeremy Dale, Sarah J. Mitchell, Claire Ferguson, Anne M. Finucane, Peter Buckle, Elizabeth Arnold, Gemma Clarke, Despoina-Elvira Karakitsiou, Tracey McConnell, Nikhil Sanyal, Anna Schuberth, Georgia Tindle, Rachel Perry, Bhajneek Grewal, Katarzyna A. Patynowska…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:155
  10. Palliative care (PC) is a strongly emerging discipline worldwide. Despite efforts to integrate this important topic in the medical curriculum in Belgium, still little time is spent on PC and its implementation...

    Authors: Mick van de Wiel, Katrien Bombeke and Annelies Janssens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:154
  11. The limited access to palliative care resources along with the social stigma around cancer largely explains the poor quality of life (QoL) of Indian advanced cancer patients. As advanced cancer patients with p...

    Authors: Anjum S. Khan Joad, Arati Hota, Pratima Agarwal, Krimal Patel, Kinjal Patel, Jyotika Puri and Soye Shin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:153
  12. Non-cancer patients experience the chronic process of disease that increases the patients’ suffering as well as families’ care burden. Although two-thirds of deaths are caused by non-cancer diseases, there is ...

    Authors: Hyoeun Jang, Kyunghwa Lee, Sookyung Kim and Sanghee Kim
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:151
  13. Much of our knowledge of patient autonomy of DNR (do-not-resuscitate) is derived from the cross-sectional questionnaire surveys. Using signatures on statutory documents and medical records, we analyzed longitu...

    Authors: Ru-Yih Chen, Ying-Chun Li, Kuang-Chieh Hsueh, Fu-Wei Wang, Hong-Jhe Chen and Tzu-Ya Huang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:149
  14. Palliative care (PC) is an essential part of oncologic care, but its optimal role within a cancer center remains unclear. This study examines oncology healthcare providers’ perspectives about the role of PC at...

    Authors: Trenley M. Anderson, Megan M. Farrell, Gabriel Moss, Mona Gupta, Stefanie Mooney, Katherine Daunov, Megan Savernick, Jan Frandsen, Kolby Verrona, Aryn Pecoraro, Cassandra Mance, Jorge Garcia and Richard T. Lee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:148
  15. The purpose of this study was to investigate the sociodemographic factors related to psychological distress, spirituality, and resilience, and to examine the mediating role of spirituality with respect to psyc...

    Authors: Luka Mihic-Gongora, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Raquel Hernandez, Mireia Gil-Raga, Vilma Pacheco-Barcia, Aránzazu Manzano-Fernández, Susana Hernando-Polo, Mónica Antoñanzas-Basa, María J. Corral, María Valero-Arbizu and Caterina Calderon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:146
  16. Death literacy includes the knowledge and skills that people need to gain access to, understand, and make informed choices about end of life and death care options. The Death Literacy Index (DLI) can be used t...

    Authors: Lisa Graham-Wisener, Paul Toner, Rosemary Leonard and Jenny M. Groarke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:145
  17. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged health care systems worldwide. In Germany, patients in a palliative care setting have the opportunity to receive treatment by a specialised mobil...

    Authors: Jonas Behnke, Philipp Friedrich Arndt, Michael John Cekay, Daniel Berthold, Birgit Herentin, Rio Dumitrascu, Ulf Sibelius and Bastian Eul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:144
  18. Demoralization is a psychological response that is frequently observed in patients with cancer or advanced diseases. It is affected by national characteristics, culture, disease characteristics and general con...

    Authors: Pei-Ling Tang, Huey-Shyan Lin, Hsiu-Hung Wang, Li-Yu Hu and Fan-Hao Chou
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:143
  19. Growing numbers of people with advanced illnesses who wish to die at home, a concurrent decline in the accessibility of professional home care, and policies aiming at prolonging work participation are increasi...

    Authors: Femmy M. Bijnsdorp, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Cécile R. L. Boot, Allard J. van der Beek and H. Roeline W. Pasman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:142
  20. Dealing with life-limiting illnesses, death, dying and grief, is uncharted territory for medical graduates. It is a field that is heavily influenced by cultural, religio-spiritual and social factors. This adds...

    Authors: Nwabata Oji, Tonia Onyeka, Olaitan Soyannwo, Piret Paal and Frank Elsner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:141
  21. Palliative care is among the standards of care in cancer treatment that should be provided to those in need within the existing healthcare system. In Ethiopia, patients with cervical cancer experience a long w...

    Authors: Tolcha Kebebew, Annah Mosalo and Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:140
  22. Death at home has been identified as a key quality indicator for Canadian health care systems and is often assumed to reflect the wishes of the entire Canadian public. Although research in other countries has ...

    Authors: Laura M. Funk, Corey S. Mackenzie, Maria Cherba, Nicole Del Rosario, Marian Krawczyk, Andrea Rounce, Kelli Stajduhar and S. Robin Cohen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:139
  23. Advanced childhood cancer, a condition with no available cancer-focused treatment options, greatly impacts Quality of Life (QoL). We need appropriate assessment strategies to select adapted treatment targets, ...

    Authors: Josianne Avoine-Blondin, Émilie Dumont, Marc-Antoine Marquis, Michel Duval and Serge Sultan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:138
  24. Although end-of-life patients have a variety of oral-related symptoms, the involvement of dentists and dental hygienists in the palliative care teams is limited. This study investigates the current state of pa...

    Authors: Madoka Funahara, Sakiko Soutome, Mitsunobu Otsuru, Yuki Sakamoto, Hiromi Honda, Yumiko Ikegami, Nagato Natsume, Masahiro Umeda and Atsuko Nakamichi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:137
  25. The benefits of palliative care for cancer patients were well developed; however, the characteristics of receiving palliative care and the utilization patterns among lung cancer patients have not been explored...

    Authors: Jongwha Chang, Kyu-Tae Han, Mar Medina and Sun Jung Kim
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:136
  26. We developed a novel training program for health care professionals that incorporated shared decision making (SDM) skills training into an advance care planning (ACP) training course, the first in Japan. This ...

    Authors: Yuko Goto, Hisayuki Miura, Yasuhiro Yamaguchi and Joji Onishi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:135

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  27. Patients with progressive primary brain tumors commonly develop a spectrum of physical as well as cognitive symptoms. This places a large burden on family members and the condition’s complexity often requires ...

    Authors: Magnus Lindskog, Torbjörn Schultz and Peter Strang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:133
  28. There has been a global increase in the number of people who are dying of old age. This development implies a need for good palliative care among older persons at the end of life. Here nursing homes have an im...

    Authors: Helene Åvik Persson, Gerd Ahlström and Anna Ekwall
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:132
  29. Compassionate communities are rooted in a health promotion approach to palliative care, aiming to support solidarity among community members at the end of life. Hundreds of compassionate communities have been ...

    Authors: Katia Dumont, Isabelle Marcoux, Émilie Warren, Farah Alem, Bea Alvar, Gwenvaël Ballu, Anitra Bostock, S. Robin Cohen, Serge Daneault, Véronique Dubé, Janie Houle, Asma Minyaoui, Ghislaine Rouly, Dale Weil, Allan Kellehear and Antoine Boivin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:131
  30. Patient deaths are common in the intensive care unit, and a nurse’s perception of barriers to and supportive behaviors in end-of-life care varies widely depending upon their cultural background. The aim of thi...

    Authors: Dan-dan Xu, Dan Luo, Jie Chen, Ji-li Zeng, Xiao-lin Cheng, Jin Li, Juan-juan Pei and Fen Hu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:130
  31. Patients undergoing hemodialysis have a high mortality rate and yet underutilize palliative care and hospice resources. The Shared Decision Making-Renal Supportive Care (SDM-RSC) intervention focused on goals ...

    Authors: Giselle Rodriguez de Sosa, Amanda Nicklas, Mae Thamer, Elizabeth Anderson, Naveena Reddy, JoAnn Stevelos, Michael J. Germain, Mark L. Unruh and Dale E. Lupu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:129
  32. Using delirium clinical guidelines may align interprofessional clinical practice and improve the care of delirious patients and their families. The aim of this project was to adapt, implement and evaluate an i...

    Authors: Shirley H. Bush, Elise Skinner, Peter G. Lawlor, Misha Dhuper, Pamela A. Grassau, José L. Pereira, Alistair R. MacDonald, Henrique A. Parsons and Monisha Kabir
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:128
  33. Residents living in long-term care homes (LTCH) have complex care needs, multiple chronic conditions, increasing frailty and cognitive impairment. A palliative approach that incorporates advance care planning ...

    Authors: Shirin Vellani, Elizabeth Green, Pereya Kulasegaram, Tamara Sussman, Abby Wickson-Griffiths and Sharon Kaasalainen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:127
  34. Modern palliative care focuses on enabling patients to spend their remaining time at home, and dying comfortably at home, for those patients who want it. Compared to many European countries, few die at home in...

    Authors: Anne Fasting, Irene Hetlevik and Bente Prytz Mjølstad
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:126
  35. Healthcare professionals play a key role in interacting with children who have a parent with a life-limiting illness. While playing such a role can be challenging, not much is known about how such interactions...

    Authors: Lasitha M. Wickramasinghe, Zhi Zheng Yeo, Poh Heng Chong and Bridget Johnston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:125
  36. Our objective was to verify the reliability, internal consistency and construct validity of the Barthel Index in Brazilian cancer patients in palliative care.

    Authors: Vinício dos Santos Barros, Daniela Bassi-Dibai, César Leonardo Ribeiro Guedes, Daniel Nunes Morais, Sabrina Marinho Coutinho, Gabriel de Oliveira Simões, Letícia Padilha Mendes, Plínio da Cunha Leal and Almir Vieira Dibai-Filho
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:124
  37. Palliative care (PC) is in an early stage of development in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) of the World Health Organization. A metric based on publishing in specialized PC journals may be useful in ass...

    Authors: Samy A. Alsirafy, Amneh D. Hassan, Mahmoud Y. Sroor, Ismail Samy and Somaia M. A. Mousa
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:123
  38. Caregivers frequently assume the role of surrogate decision-makers but often are unable to accurately predict patients’ preferences. This trial aims to find if the use of the Advance Directives documents as a ...

    Authors: Catarina Sampaio Martins, Iva Sousa, Cláudia Barros, Alexandra Pires, Luisa Castro, Cristina da Costa Santos and Rui Nunes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:122
  39. For outcome measures to be useful in health and care decision-making, they need to have certain psychometric properties. The ICECAP-Supportive Care Measure (ICECAP-SCM), a seven attribute measure (1. Choice, 2. L...

    Authors: Gareth Myring, Paul Mark Mitchell, W. George Kernohan, Sonja McIlfatrick, Sarah Cudmore, Anne M. Finucane, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Alistair Hewison, Louise Jones, Joanne Jordan, Laurie McKibben, Deborah H. L. Muldrew, Shazia Zafar and Joanna Coast
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:121
  40. People who die from cancer (‘cancer decedents’) may latterly experience unpleasant and distressing symptoms. Prescribing medication for pain and symptom control is essential for good-quality palliative care; h...

    Authors: Sarah E. E. Mills, Deans Buchanan, Peter T. Donnan and Blair H. Smith
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:120
  41. Patients still receive non-beneficial treatments when nearing the end of life. Advance care planning (ACP) interventions have shown to positively influence compliance with end of life wishes. Hospital physicia...

    Authors: Eline V. T. J. van Lummel, Claudia Savelkoul, Eva L. E. Stemerdink, Dave H. T. Tjan and Johannes J. M. van Delden
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:119
  42. A socioculturally appropriate appreciation of dignity is pivotal to the effective provision of care for dying patients. Yet concepts of dignity remain poorly defined. To address this gap in understanding and e...

    Authors: Keith Zi Yuan Chua, Elaine Li Ying Quah, Yun Xue Lim, Chloe Keyi Goh, Jieyu Lim, Darius Wei Jun Wan, Simone Meiqi Ong, Chi Sum Chong, Kennan Zhi Guang Yeo, Laura Shih Hui Goh, Ray Meng See, Alexia Sze Inn Lee, Yun Ting Ong, Min Chiam, Eng Koon Ong, Jamie Xuelian Zhou…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:118

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