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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Content type: Research article

    Due to increasing life expectancy, more and more older people are suffering from dementia and comorbidities. To date, little information is available on place of death for dementia patients in Germany. In addi...

    Authors: Burkhard Dasch, Claudia Bausewein and Berend Feddersen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:80

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Content type: Research article

    Although continuity of care in paediatric palliative care (PPC) is considered to be an essential element of quality of care, it’s implementation is challenging. In Belgium, five paediatric liaison teams (PLTs)...

    Authors: Marie Friedel, Bénédicte Brichard, Christine Fonteyne, Marleen Renard, Jean-Paul Misson, Els Vandecruys, Corinne Tonon, Françoise Verfaillie, Georgette Hendrijckx, Nathalie Andersson, Ilse Ruysseveldt, Katrien Moens, Jean-Marie Degryse and Isabelle Aujoulat

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:77

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Neonatal deaths are often associated with the complex decision to limit or withdraw life-sustaining interventions (LSIs) rather than therapeutic impasses. Despite the existence of a law, significant disparitie...

    Authors: G. Sorin, R. Vialet and B. Tosello

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:76

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Only limited data are available concerning the diseases managed before death and hospital palliative care (HPC) use according to place of death in France. We therefore conducted an observational study based on...

    Authors: Claire Poulalhon, Laureen Rotelli-Bihet, Sébastien Moine, Anne Fagot-Campagna, Régis Aubry and Philippe Tuppin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:75

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Shared decision-making (SDM) in the management of metastatic breast cancer care is associated with positive patient outcomes. In daily clinical practice, however, SDM is not fully integrated yet. Initiatives t...

    Authors: Inge Spronk, Jako S. Burgers, François G. Schellevis, Liesbeth M. van Vliet and Joke C. Korevaar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:74

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Dignity Therapy (DT) is a short-term intervention to reduce psychological suffering in end-of-life care. Its strength lies in evidenced-based development and investigation. The aim of the present study is to i...

    Authors: Sandra Stephanie Mai, Swantje Goebel, Elisabeth Jentschke, Birgitt van Oorschot, Karl-Heinz Renner and Martin Weber

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:73

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  29. Content type: Research article

    It is known that information regarding the quality of life of a patient is central to pediatric palliative care. This information allows professionals to adapt the care and support provided to children and the...

    Authors: Josianne Avoine-Blondin, Véronique Parent, Léonor Fasse, Clémentine Lopez, Nago Humbert, Michel Duval and Serge Sultan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:71

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Indigenous peoples in developed countries have reduced life expectancies, particularly from chronic diseases. The lack of access to and take up of palliative care services of Indigenous peoples is an ongoing c...

    Authors: Shaouli Shahid, Emma V. Taylor, Shelley Cheetham, John A. Woods, Samar M. Aoun and Sandra C. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:72

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have demonstrated the benefits of early initiation of end-of-life care, particularly homecare nursing services. However, there is little research on variations in the timing of when end-of-life...

    Authors: Hsien Seow, Danial Qureshi, Lisa Barbera, Kim McGrail, Beverley Lawson, Fred Burge and Rinku Sutradhar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:70

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  32. Content type: Research article

    There is little research on number of planned home deaths. We need information about factors associated with home deaths, but also differences between planned and unplanned home deaths to improve end-of-life-c...

    Authors: Camilla Kjellstadli, Bettina Sandgathe Husebø, Hogne Sandvik, Elisabeth Flo and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:69

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    A considerable number of terminally-ill adult children are outlived by at least one parent and receive palliative care prior to their death. At the same time, adult children continue to be confronted with thei...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Eva-Maria Stelzer, Nils Schneider and Franziska A. Herbst

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:68

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Homeless people often suffer from complex and chronic comorbidities, have high rates of morbidity and die at much younger ages than the general population. Due to a complex combination of physical, psychosocia...

    Authors: Hanna T. Klop, Anke J.E. de Veer, Sophie I. van Dongen, Anneke L. Francke, Judith A.C. Rietjens and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:67

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  35. Content type: Research article

    According to the Quality of Death Index, Hong Kong is lagging behind many other Western and Asian countries in the category of palliative and healthcare. To ensure the provision of high-quality palliative care...

    Authors: Johnny T. K. Cheung, Doreen W. H. Au, Wallace C. H. Chan, Jenny H. Y. Chan, Kenway Ng and Jean Woo

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:65

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Constant evaluation is important for maintaining and improving the quality of end-of-life care. We therefore conduct the fourth Japan Hospice and Palliative Evaluation Study (J-HOPE4) as a continuous evaluatio...

    Authors: Kento Masukawa, Maho Aoyama, Tatsuya Morita, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima and Mitsunori Miyashita

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:66

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In our aging society, palliative care should be a standard component of health care. However, currently it is only provided to a small proportion of patients, mostly to those with cancer, and restricted to the...

    Authors: F. Weijers, C. Veldhoven, C. Verhagen, K. Vissers and Y. Engels

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:64

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Self-care practice within the palliative care workforce is often discussed, yet seemingly under-researched. While palliative care professionals are required to implement and maintain effective self-care strate...

    Authors: Jason Mills, Timothy Wand and Jennifer A. Fraser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:63

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    In case of untreatable suffering at the end of life, palliative sedation may be chosen to assure comfort by reducing the patient’s level of consciousness. An important question here is whether such sedated pat...

    Authors: Stefaan Six, Steven Laureys, Jan Poelaert, Johan Bilsen, Peter Theuns and Reginald Deschepper

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:62

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  40. Content type: Research article

    In many countries, GPs and home care nurses are involved in care for patients with advanced cancer. Given the varied and complex needs of these patients, providing satisfactory care is a major challenge for th...

    Authors: Marianne Heins, Jolien Hofstede, Mieke Rijken, Joke Korevaar, Gé Donker and Anneke Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:61

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Symptom management is an essential aspect of palliative and end-of-life care, but evidence suggests that patients’ symptoms may not always be relieved, causing significant harm to patients and magnifying their...

    Authors: Jessica Baillie, Despina Anagnostou, Stephanie Sivell, Jordan Van Godwin, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:60

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Health service administrators make decisions regarding how to best use limited resources to have the most significant impact. Service siting models are tools that can help in this capacity. Here we build on ou...

    Authors: V. A. Crooks, M. Giesbrecht, H. Castleden, N. Schuurman, M. Skinner and A. Williams

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:59

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Hospital costs and cost drivers in palliative care are poorly analysed. It remains unknown whether current German Diagnosis-Related Groups, mainly relying on main diagnosis or procedure, reproduce costs adequa...

    Authors: Matthias Vogl, Eva Schildmann, Reiner Leidl, Farina Hodiamont, Helen Kalies, Bernd Oliver Maier, Marcus Schlemmer, Susanne Roller and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:58

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing global problem affecting around 10% of many countries’ populations. Providing appropriate palliative care services (PCS) to those with advanced kidney disease is becom...

    Authors: Shirley Chambers, Helen Healy, Wendy E. Hoy, Adrian Kark, Sharad Ratanjee, Geoffrey Mitchell, Carol Douglas, Patsy Yates and Ann Bonner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:57

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  45. Content type: Research article

    On February 6th, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that competent adults suffering intolerably from a grievous and irremediable medical condition have the right to the assistance of a physician in ending...

    Authors: Patricia Hizo-Abes, Lauren Siegel and Gil Schreier

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:56

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The transition from life-prolonging to palliative care (PC) can be challenging often characterized by psychical, physiological, social and existential changes. Knowledge of how to support the patient and famil...

    Authors: Ulrika Hilding, Renée Allvin and Karin Blomberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:55

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  47. Content type: Research article

    People with schizophrenia are at risk of receiving poorer end of life care than other patients. They are often undertreated, avoid treatment and are about half as likely to access palliative care. There are li...

    Authors: Beverley McNamara, Anne Same, Lorna Rosenwax and Brian Kelly

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:53

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning (ACP) aids can help prepare patients, family members, and physicians for in-the-moment medical decision-making. We wished to describe the content and approach of paper-based ACP aids in o...

    Authors: John F. P. Bridges, Thomas Lynch, Anne L. R. Schuster, Norah L. Crossnohere, Katherine Clegg Smith and Rebecca A. Aslakson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:54

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  49. Content type: Study protocol

    The demography of the world is changing as the population is ageing. Because of this change to a higher proportion of older people, the WHO has called for improved palliative care for older persons. A large nu...

    Authors: Gerd Ahlström, Per Nilsen, Eva Benzein, Lina Behm, Birgitta Wallerstedt, Magnus Persson and Anna Sandgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:52

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