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Of apples and oranges: Lessons learned from the preparation of research protocols for systematic reviews exploring the effectiveness of Specialist Palliative Care

  • Jan Gaertner1Email author,
  • Waldemar Siemens1,
  • Barbara A. Daveson2,
  • Melinda Smith2,
  • Catherine J. Evans2,
  • Irene J. Higginson2 and
  • Gerhild Becker1
BMC Palliative CareBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201615:43

Received: 28 January 2016

Accepted: 21 March 2016

Published: 18 April 2016

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21 Mar 2016 Editorially accepted
18 Apr 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12904-016-0110-y

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Authors’ Affiliations

Clinic for Palliative Care, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, Cicely Saunders Institute, King’s College London