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Cancer palliative care

This broad section considers submissions relevant to pain and symptom management for cancer patients, including studies related to rehabilitation, quality of life, and end of life care. We will consider quantitative and qualitative research, including clinical trials of pain or symptom control therapies, and health services studies evaluating the outcomes of diverse therapeutic models.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Indicators for the quality of palliative care are a priority of caregivers and managers to allow improvement of various care settings and their comparison. The involvement of patients and families is of paramo...

    Authors: Frédéric Guirimand, Patricia Martel-Samb, Christian Guy-Coichard, Stéphane Picard, Bernard Devalois, Laure Copel, Anne Abel and Véronique Ghadi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:19

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Pancreatic cancer is noted for its late presentation at diagnosis, limited prognosis and physical and psychosocial symptom burden. This study examined associations between timing of palliative care referral (P...

    Authors: Natasha Michael, Greta Beale, Clare O’Callaghan, Adelaide Melia, William DeSilva, Daniel Costa, David Kissane, Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Hiscock

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:13

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Palliative care was a priority issue in the Cancer Control Act enacted in 2007 in Japan, and this has resulted in efforts being made toward educational goals in clinical settings. An investigation of how descr...

    Authors: Miwa Hinata, Kikuko Miyazaki, Natsuko Kanazawa, Kumiko Kito, Sachiko Kiyoto, Manako Konda, Akira Kuriyama, Hiroko Mori, Sachiko Nakaoka, Akiko Okumura, Hironobu Tokumasu and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:5

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Until recently, palliative care (PC) resources in Finland have been sparse. To meet the increasing need for PC an end-of-life (EOL) care project has been ongoing in South Western Finland since 2012, and in 201...

    Authors: Outi M. Hirvonen, Jenni E. Alalahti, Kari J. Syrjänen and Sirkku M. Jyrkkiö

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:128

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Radiation therapy (RT) results in pain relief for about 6 of 10 patients with cancer induced bone pain (CIBP) caused by bone metastases. The high number of non-responders, the long median time from RT to pain ...

    Authors: Ragnhild Habberstad, Trude Camilla Salvesen Frøseth, Nina Aass, Tatiana Abramova, Theo Baas, Siri Tessem Mørkeset, Augusto Caraceni, Barry Laird, Jason W Boland, Romina Rossi, Elena Garcia-Alonso, Hanne Stensheim, Jon Håvard Loge, Marianne Jensen Hjermstad, Ellen Bjerkeset, Asta Bye…

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:110

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Opinion about euthanasia has been explored among the general population and recently in patients receiving palliative care. 96% of the French population declared themselves in favor of euthanasia while less of...

    Authors: Alexandre de Nonneville, Théo Chabal, Anthony Marin, Jean Marc La Piana, Marie Fichaux, Véronique Tuzzolino, Florence Duffaud, Pascal Auquier, Augustin Boulanger, Karine Baumstark and Sébastien Salas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:104

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The Pain Management Index (PMI) is widely used in the assessment of pain management, and negative scores are traditionally considered to indicate inadequate pain management. However, it is not known whether ne...

    Authors: Naoki Sakakibara, Takahiro Higashi, Itsuku Yamashita, Tetsusuke Yoshimoto and Motohiro Matoba

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:102

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  8. 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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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:121

  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Content type: Research article

    Malnutrition is frequent in patients with cancer, particularly those in advanced stages of the disease. The aim of the present study was to test the feasibility of a family-centred nutritional intervention, ba...

    Authors: Alex Molassiotis, Shelley Roberts, Hui Lin Cheng, Henry K. F. To, Po Shan Ko, Wang Lam, Yuk Fong Lam, Jessica Abbott, Deborah Kiefer, Jasotha Sanmugarajah and Andrea P. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:50

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice of Palliative Sedation (PS) varies between institutions worldwide and sometimes includes problematic practices. Little available research points at different definitions and frameworks which ...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Mareike Nurnus, Christoph Ostgathe and Carsten Klein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:48

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  26. Content type: Research article

    For patients receiving palliative home care, the need to visit the emergency department is considered to be an indicator of poor quality care. The situation can be particularly distressing when it occurs outsi...

    Authors: Yee-Hsin Kao, Yao-Ting Liu, Malcolm Koo and Jui-Kun Chiang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:46

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  27. Content type: Research article

    This study investigates the effects of a new medical insurance payment system for hospice patients in palliative care programs and analyzes length of survival (LoS) determinants.

    Authors: Youngin Lee, Seung Hun Lee, Yun Jin Kim, Sang Yeoup Lee, Jeong Gyu Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Yu Hyeon Yi, Young Jin Tak, Hye Rim Hwang and Mieun Gwon

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:45

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In this study, we aimed to develop and validate an instrument that could be used by patients with cancer to evaluate their quality of palliative care.

    Authors: Young Ho Yun, Eun Kyo Kang, Jihye Lee, Jiyeon Choo, Hyewon Ryu, Hye-min Yun, Jung Hun Kang, Tae You Kim, Jin-Ah Sim and Yaeji Kim

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:40

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Without explicit prognostic information, patients may overestimate their life expectancy and make poor choices at the end of life. We sought to design the Japanese version of an information aid (IA) to provide...

    Authors: Kikuo Nakano, Yoshihiro Kitahara, Mineyo Mito, Misato Seno and Shoji Sunada

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:38

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Analysing linked, routinely collected data may be useful to identify characteristics of patients with suspected lung cancer who could benefit from early assessment for palliative care. The aim of this study wa...

    Authors: Maria Kelly, Katie M. O’Brien, Michael Lucey, Kerri Clough-Gorr and Ailish Hannigan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:37

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care at Home Service was founded in 2006 to improve community-based palliative care provision. Principal components include; early referral; home-based clinical int...

    Authors: Bridget Johnston, Anne Patterson, Lydia Bird, Eleanor Wilson, Kathryn Almack, Gillian Mathews and Jane Seymour

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:36

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  32. Content type: Research article

    In palliative care, administration of opioids is often indispensable for pain treatment. Pain assessment may help recognize pain and guide treatment in non-communicative patients. In the Netherlands the Rotter...

    Authors: Anniek D. Masman, Monique van Dijk, Joost van Rosmalen, Frans P. M. Baar, Dick Tibboel and Anneke A. Boerlage

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:34

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Haematological malignancies (leukaemias, lymphomas and myeloma) are complex cancers that are relatively common, affect all ages and have divergent outcomes. Although the symptom burden of these diseases is com...

    Authors: Dorothy McCaughan, Eve Roman, Alexandra G. Smith, Anne C. Garry, Miriam J. Johnson, Russell D. Patmore, Martin R. Howard and Debra A. Howell

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:33

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  34. Content type: Research article

    A growing body of studies indicate benefits of physiotherapy for patients in palliative care, for symptom relief and wellbeing. Though physiotherapists are increasingly acknowledged as important members of pal...

    Authors: U. Olsson Möller, K. Stigmar, I. Beck, M. Malmström and B. H. Rasmussen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:20

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Palliative thoracic radiotherapy (PTR) can relieve symptoms originating from intra-thoracic disease. The optimal timing and fractionation of PTR is unknown. Time to effect is 2 months. The primary aim of this ...

    Authors: Malene Støchkel Frank, Dorte Schou Nørøxe, Lotte Nygård and Gitte Fredberg Persson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:15

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Palliative sedation (PS) is an intervention to treat refractory symptoms and to relieve suffering at the end of life. Its prevalence and practice patterns vary widely worldwide. The aim of our study was to eva...

    Authors: Bernard Lobato Prado, Diogo Bugano Diniz Gomes, Pedro Luiz Serrano Usón Júnior, Patricia Taranto, Monique Sedlmaier França, Daniel Eiger, Rodrigo Coutinho Mariano, David Hui and Auro Del Giglio

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:13

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Anxiety adversely affects quality of life and is common in adults with advanced life-limiting disease. There are no UK-wide guidelines on the assessment and management of anxiety in this specific population an...

    Authors: N. Atkin, V. Vickerstaff and B. Candy

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:69

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Mesothelioma is an aggressive thoracic tumour with a poor prognosis. The only treatment that extends survival is chemotherapy. However, in the UK, up to 50% of patients who are suitable for chemotherapy choose...

    Authors: Anna C. Bibby, Duneesha De Fonseka, Anna J. Morley, Emma Keenan, Alfredo Addeo, Sarah Smith, Anthony J. Edey and Nick A. Maskell

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:71

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Music therapy is increasingly used as an adjunct therapy to support symptom management in palliative care. However, studies to date have paid little attention to the processes that lead to changes in patient o...

    Authors: Sam Porter, Tracey McConnell, Mike Clarke, Jenny Kirkwood, Naomi Hughes, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Joan Regan, Miriam McKeown, Kerry McGrillen and Joanne Reid

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:70

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Self-management by patients and informal caregivers confronted with advanced cancer is not self-evident. Therefore they might need self-management support from nurses. This article reports on nurses’ perspecti...

    Authors: Vina N. Slev, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Corien M. Eeltink, Cornelia F. van Uden-Kraan, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:55

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In Ethiopia, there were greater than 2000 adult and 200 pediatric cancer patients annually in 2010, but the estimated number of cancer patients were increasing. Oncologic rehabilitation treatment may result in...

    Authors: Teshager Worku, Zuriash Mengistu, Agumasie Semahegn and Gezahegn Tesfaye

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:53

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  42. Content type: Research article

    End-of-life communication becomes increasingly difficult in terminal cancer, which inevitably entails conversations around dying and death. In resource-limited areas, the context of end-of-life communication i...

    Authors: Jennifer Nyawira Githaiga and Leslie Swartz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:40

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there a...

    Authors: Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren and Mogens Groenvold

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:21

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Salvage chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for metastatic gastric cancer (mGC). This study aimed to clarify the effects of palliative gastrectomy (PG) and identify prognostic factors in mGC patients und...

    Authors: Jun-Te Hsu, Jian-Ann Liao, Huei-Chieh Chuang, Tai-Di Chen, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chia-Jung Kuo, Chun-Jung Lin, Wen-Chi Chou, Ta-Sen Yeh and Yi-Yin Jan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:19

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The Care Evaluation Scale (CES1.0) was designed to allow bereaved family members to evaluate the structure and process of care, but has been associated with a high frequency of misresponses. The objective of t...

    Authors: Mitsunori Miyashita, Maho Aoyama, Misato Nakahata, Yuji Yamada, Mutsumi Abe, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Akemi Shirado, Mariko Shutoh, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Jun Hamano, Aoi Miyamoto, Saki Yoshida, Kazuki Sato, Kei Hirai and Tatsuya Morita

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:8

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  46. Content type: Research article

    In February 2nd 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law that forbade euthanasia and established the right to deep and continuous sedation for end-of-life patients. Moreover, the law also ob...

    Authors: Augustin Boulanger, Théo Chabal, Marie Fichaux, Mireille Destandau, Jean Marc La Piana, Pascal Auquier, Karine Baumstarck and Sébastien Salas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:7

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2017 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.335 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.478 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.221 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.105 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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