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Table 1 Summary of main findings from national reviews

From: Examining palliative and end of life care research in Ireland within a global context: a systematic mapping review of the evidence

Country Date range # of papers Common focus Common study groups Common methodology Missing research Other observations
Ireland (McIlfatrick and Murphy, 2013) 2002–2012 151 Specific groups
Services and settings
Symptom management
Intellectual disability
Malignant disease
Mixed methods
Systematic reviews
Small sample, needs based
Public health
Policy research
Upward trend in publication numbers
Scotland (Finucane et al., 2018) 2006–2015 308 Services and settings
Experiences and/or needs
Physical symptoms
Patients only
Mixed groups
HCPs only
Descriptive studies E-health
Health economics
Public health
Nearly half of all papers described unfunded research or did not acknowledge a funder
Sweden (Henoch et al., 2016) 2007–2012 263 Symptom assessment and management
Experiences of illness
Care planning
Small sample, cross sectional
Ethnic minorities
Non-verbally communicative people
Non-cancer populations and utilisation of population-based register studies identified as new features
China (Wang and Chan, 2015) 1991–2014 107 Attitudes to death
Service utilisation
Physical symptoms
In/ out -patients
Older adults
Care staff
Informal caregivers
Research undertaken by healthcare professionals
South Asia (Singh & Hardin 2015) 1980–2013 16 Service description
Intervention outcomes
Home care
Care centre
Service evaluation (no (quasi) experimental designs)
Cultural context of death and dying for patients and families Lack of data beyond India
Urgent need for research investment