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BMC Palliative Care

Ethics, organization and policy

Section edited by Jan Schildmann

This section considers submissions that focus on the development, outcomes or discussion of ethical issues and policies within the practice of palliative care and medicine.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    In France, advance directives are favourably perceived by most of the population, although the drafting rate is low. This ambivalence is challenging because advance directives are meant to promote the autonomy...

    Authors: S. Trarieux-Signol, D. Bordessoule, J. Ceccaldi, S. Malak, A. Polomeni, J. B. Fargeas, N. Signol, H. Pauliat and S. Moreau

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:10

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  2. Content type: Debate

    Healthcare legislation in European countries is similar in many respects. Most importantly, the framework of informed consent determines that physicians have the duty to provide detailed information about avai...

    Authors: Christian Weber, Barbara Fijalkowska, Katarzyna Ciecwierska, Anna Lindblad, Gisela Badura-Lotter, Peter M. Andersen, Magdalena Kuźma-Kozakiewicz, Albert C. Ludolph, Dorothée Lulé, Tomasz Pasierski and Niels Lynöe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:80

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the combination of person- and organization- related conditions and the relationships with patients’ perspectives of care quality. Such a combination could contribute knowledge reflecting...

    Authors: Tuva Sandsdalen, Sevald Høye, Ingrid Rystedt, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Reidun Hov and Bodil Wilde-Larsson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:66

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Law purports to regulate end-of-life care but its role in decision-making by doctors is not clear. This paper, which is part of a three-year study into the role of law in medical practice at the end of life, i...

    Authors: Ben P. White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Gail Williams and Juliet Davis

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:63

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Effective integration between hospices, palliative care services and other local health care services to support patients with palliative care needs is an important international priority. A previous model sug...

    Authors: Sheila Payne, Rachael Eastham, Sean Hughes, Sandra Varey, Jeroen Hasselaar and Nancy Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:64

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  6. Content type: Research article

    There are limited respite services for palliative care patients and their families in the Northern Territory (NT). The high prevalence of complex chronic diseases, limited access to primary care services, and ...

    Authors: Timothy A. Carey, Mick Arundell, Kellie Schouten, John S. Humphreys, Fred Miegel, Simon Murphy and John Wakerman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:54

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Completion of Advance Directives (ADs), being financial and healthcare proxy or instructional documents, is relatively uncommon in Australia. Efforts to increase completion rates include online education and p...

    Authors: Sandra L. Bradley, Jennifer J. Tieman, Richard J. Woodman and Paddy A. Phillips

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:43

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    The objective of the Balearic Islands Palliative Care (PC) Program is to improve the quality of PC through a shared model consisting of primary health care professionals, home-based PC teams, and PC units in h...

    Authors: Joan Llobera, Noemí Sansó, Amador Ruiz, Merce Llagostera, Estefania Serratusell, Carlos Serrano, María Luisa Martín Roselló, Enric Benito, Eusebio J. Castaño and Alfonso Leiva

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:4

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:51

  9. Content type: Research article

    There is limited population-level research on end-of-life care in Australia that considers health care use and costs across hospital and community sectors. The aim of this study was to quantify health care use...

    Authors: Rebecca Reeve, Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, Julia M. Langton, Marion Haas, Rosalie Viney and Sallie-Anne Pearson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:1

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:51

  10. Content type: Research article

    Hospital-based Palliative Care Consultation Teams (PCCTs) have a consulting role to specialist services at their request. Referral of patients is often late. Early palliative care in oncology has shown its eff...

    Authors: Pascale Vinant, Ingrid Joffin, Laure Serresse, Sophie Grabar, Hélène Jaulmes, Malika Daoud, Gabriel Abitbol, Pascale Fouassier, Isabelle Triol, Sylvie Rostaing, Marie-Dominique Brette and Isabelle Colombet

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:36

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Despite recent advances in palliative medicine, sedating a terminally ill patient is regarded as an indispensable treatment to manage unbearable suffering. With the prospect of widespread use of palliative sed...

    Authors: Danièle Leboul, Régis Aubry, Jean-Michel Peter, Victor Royer, Jean-François Richard and Frédéric Guirimand

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:25

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Geographical accessibility is important in accessing healthcare services. Measuring it has evolved alongside technological and data analysis advances. High correlations between different methods have been dete...

    Authors: Clare Pearson, Julia Verne, Claudia Wells, Giovanna M. Polato, Irene J Higginson and Wei Gao

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:14

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Limiting treatment forms part of practice in many fields of medicine. There is a scarcity of robust data from Germany. Therefore, in this paper, we report results of a survey among German physicians with a foc...

    Authors: Birte Malena Dahmen, Jochen Vollmann, Stephan Nadolny and Jan Schildmann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:3

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Providing end of life care in rural areas is challenging. We evaluated in a pilot whether nurse practitioner (NP)-led care, including clinical care plans negotiated with involved health professionals including...

    Authors: Geoffrey Keith Mitchell, Hugh Edgar Senior, Michael Peter Bibo, Blessing Makoni, Sharleen Nicole Young, John Patrick Rosenberg and Patsy Yates

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:93

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The use of full-population databases is under-explored to study the use, quality and costs of end-of-life care. Using the case of Belgium, we explored: (1) which full-population databases provide valid informa...

    Authors: Arno Maetens, Robrecht De Schreye, Kristof Faes, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Birgit Gielen, Cindy De Gendt, Patrick Lusyne, Lieven Annemans and Joachim Cohen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:86

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Institutional deaths (hospitals and nursing homes) are an important issue because they are often at odds with patient preference and associated with high healthcare costs. The aim of this study was to examine ...

    Authors: Xhyljeta Luta, Radoslaw Panczak, Maud Maessen, Matthias Egger, David C. Goodman, Marcel Zwahlen, Andreas E. Stuck and Kerri Clough - Gorr

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:83

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Medical errors have been recognized as a relevant public health concern and research efforts to improve patient safety have increased. In palliative care, however, studies on errors are rare and mainly focus o...

    Authors: Isabel Kiesewetter, Christian Schulz, Claudia Bausewein, Rita Fountain and Andrea Schmitz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:75

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Regionalization promotes planning and coordination of services across settings and providers to meet population needs. Despite the potential advantages of regionalization, no regional hospice palliative care p...

    Authors: José Pereira, Jocelyne Contant, Gwen Barton and Christopher Klinger

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:65

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2016 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.602 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.036 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.979 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.852 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1003.0 Usage Factor

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