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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

    Pain is one of the most common symptoms that has a severe impact on quality of life and is associated with numerous psychosocial issues in cancer patients. Palliative care, which is a recent development in Chi...

    Authors: Xin-Xin Zhao, Meng Cui, Yi-Hang Geng and Yi-Long Yang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:69

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    To determine the validity, reliability and acceptability of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Problems and Needs in Palliative Care questionnaire-short version (PNPC-sv) for measuring problems and palliative...

    Authors: Tao Wang, Alex Molassiotis, Betty Pui Man Chung and Jing-Yu Tan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:68

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    Palliative patients generally present with symptoms of dyspnea, easy fatigability, lethargy and feeling of being unwell which can broadly be attributed to one root cause: cancer-related anemia. So, packed red ...

    Authors: Sameer Timilsina, Sirisa Karki, Santosh Timalsina, Aajeevan Gautam and Sabitri Sharma

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:67

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  4. Content type: Research article

    According to the World Health Organization, palliative care is one of the main components of healthcare. As the incidence of cancer is increasing in the world, home-based palliative care can be beneficial for ...

    Authors: Heshmatolah Heydari, Suzanne Hojjat-Assari, Mohammad Almasian and Pooneh Pirjani

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:66

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  5. Content type: Research article

    It has been recognised that more evidence about important aspects of family members’ sense of security during palliative care is needed. The objectives of the study was: i) to discover what variables are assoc...

    Authors: Anna Milberg, Maria Liljeroos and Barbro Krevers

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:63

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Incurable oesophageal cancer patients are often affected by existential distress and deterioration of quality of life. Knowledge about the life situation of this patient group is important to provide relevant ...

    Authors: Louise Laursen, Mai Nanna Schønau, Heidi Maria Bergenholtz, Mette Siemsen, Merete Christensen and Malene Missel

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:60

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Health care professionals should prevent and relieve suffering in carers of patients with advanced cancer. Despite known positive effects of systematic carer support, carers still do not receive sufficient sup...

    Authors: Ingebrigt Røen, Hans Stifoss-Hanssen, Gunn Grande, Stein Kaasa, Kari Sand and Anne Kari Knudsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:58

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Constipation is a common symptom for patients receiving palliative care. Whilst international clinical guidelines are available on the clinical management of constipation for people with advanced cancer receiv...

    Authors: Sonja McIlfatrick, Deborah H. L. Muldrew, Esther Beck, Emma Carduff, Mike Clarke, Anne Finucane, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Phil Larkin, Noleen K. McCorry, Paul Slater and Felicity Hasson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:57

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Sustainable funding is key for ensuring the quality and coverage of palliative care services. This study examined the sources of funding for stand-alone palliative care services in Uganda as well as their serv...

    Authors: Jacinto Amandua, Melkizedeki Stephen Kimaro, Eddie Mwebesa, Ivan Mugisha Taremwa and Christine Atuhairwe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:48

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Although palliative care has been accepted throughout the cancer trajectory, accurate survival prediction for advanced cancer patients is still a challenge. The aim of this study is to identify pre-palliative ...

    Authors: Weiwei Zhao, Zhiyong He, Yintao Li, Huixun Jia, Menglei Chen, Xiaoli Gu, Minghui Liu, Zhe Zhang, Zhenyu Wu and Wenwu Cheng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:47

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Early intervention against cachexia necessitates a predictive model. The aims of this study were to identify predictors of cachexia development and to create and evaluate accuracy of a predictive model based o...

    Authors: Ola Magne Vagnildhaug, Cinzia Brunelli, Marianne J. Hjermstad, Florian Strasser, Vickie Baracos, Andrew Wilcock, Maria Nabal, Stein Kaasa, Barry Laird and Tora S. Solheim

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:46

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to analyze the determinants of patients’ choice between palliative chemotherapy and best supportive care (BSC) and to investigate how this choice affects overall survival (OS) and length of ho...

    Authors: Yasuko Murakawa, Masato Sakayori and Kazunori Otsuka

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:45

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally, causing a substantial economic burden on cancer suffers and their families. The aim of this study is to explore the prevalence, determinants and consequenc...

    Authors: Anli Leng, Jun Jing, Stephen Nicholas and Jian Wang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:43

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The benefit of palliative chemotherapy (PC) in patients with advanced solid tumors and poor performance status (ECOG-PS) has not been prospectively validated, which makes treatment decision challenging. We aim...

    Authors: Vitor Fiorin de Vasconcellos, Renata RCC Bonadio, Guilherme Avanço, Marcelo Vailati Negrão and Rachel Pimenta Riechelmann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:42

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to gain insight into the experience of time of terminal patients with cancer. Experience of time is relevant in palliative care in both policy and practice. On a policy level, the Qua...

    Authors: Jordy Johannes Eduardus Rovers, Elze Jantien Knol, Jelte Pieksma, Wytse Nienhuis, Anne Barbara Wichmann and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:40

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Accessible indicators of aggressiveness of care at the end-of-life are useful to monitor implementation of early integrated palliative care practice. To determine the intensity of end-of-life care from exhaust...

    Authors: Isabelle Colombet, Carole Bouleuc, Alain Piolot, Aurélie Vilfaillot, Hélène Jaulmes, Sabine Voisin-Saltiel, François Goldwasser and Pascale Vinant

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:35

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Opioids are prescribed in over 40% of patients with advanced cancer, but side effects occur frequently. In this study we evaluated the development and treatment of opioid induced constipation (OIC), and OIC re...

    Authors: Elisabeth C. W. Neefjes, Hanneke van der Wijngaart, Maurice J. D. L. van der Vorst, Diederik ten Oever, Hans J. van der Vliet, Aart Beeker, Christiaan A. Rhodius, Hendrik P. van den Berg, Johannes Berkhof and Henk M. W. Verheul

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:31

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  18. Content type: Research article

    A significant proportion of patients with advanced cancer undergo palliative radiotherapy (RT) within their last 30 days of life. This study characterizes palliative RT at our institution and aims to identify ...

    Authors: Susan Y. Wu, Lisa Singer, Lauren Boreta, Michael A. Garcia, Shannon E. Fogh and Steve E. Braunstein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:29

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Currently available indicators of quality pediatric palliative care tend to focus on care provided during the end-of-life period rather than care provided throughout the disease trajectory. We adapted a previo...

    Authors: Kimberley Widger, Sarah Brennenstuhl, Jacqueline Duc, Ann Tourangeau and Adam Rapoport

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:23

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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

  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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    3.141 - 5-year Impact Factor
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