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Table 1 Area of palliative care research breakdown according to publications (2006–2012)

From: Palliative care research on the island of Ireland over the last decade: a systematic review and thematic analysis of peer reviewed publications

Core themes (N = 128) Subthemes (N = 128) Examples
Specific groups (n = 51)   
  Children (n = 11) Staff experiences; bereavement; symptoms; needs; service delivery
  Intellectual disability (n = 10) Bereavement; staff training; carers’ perceptions & experiences; dementia
  Malignant disease (n = 7) Palliative management; quality of life
  COPD (n = 6) Education programme; needs and experiences; carers
  Dementia (n = 3) Health economics; self-efficacy
  Heart failure (n = 3) Nutrition; needs and experiences
  Older people (n = 3) Staff needs; attitudes; service models
  Parkinson’s disease (n = 4) Carers’ experiences
  Non-malignant disease (n = 2) Needs; service barriers
  Same-sex couples (n = 1) Bereavement
  Travellers (n = 1) Experiences
Management of symptoms (n = 27)   
  Delirium (n = 13) Profiling; predictions; depression; assessment tools
  Pain (n = 7) Chronic pain; attitudes & barriers to pain management; help-seeking behaviour; cost
  Cachexia (n = 2) cancer care; needs; nutrition
  Nutrition (n = 2) Survival; weight assessment
  Psychological (n = 2) Use of CBT techniques; stress
  Other physical (n = 1) Symptom reporting
Services & settings (n = 27) QoL and acute hospitals care; multi-visit service; palliative care unit; roles and responsibilities; waiting times; medication
Bereavement (n = 10) Needs assessment; bereaved partners; workplace; support
Communication & education (n = 4) Information/education needs; professional development; blogging
Death & dying (n = 5) Public awareness; moment of death and experiences;
Spirituality (n = 3) Staff experiences; chaplaincy service; religion
CAM (n = 1) Oncology