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BMC Palliative Care

Knowledge, education and training

This section considers submissions that focus on the development, outcomes or discussion of guidelines, developments and training programmes for improving knowledge and clinical practice in the palliative care of patients with far advanced disease

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Although advance care planning (ACP) is fairly well understood, significant barriers to patient participation remain. As a result, tools to assess patient behaviour are required. The objective of this study wa...

    Authors: Aliya Kassam, Maureen L. Douglas, Jessica Simon, Shannon Cunningham, Konrad Fassbender, Marta Shaw and Sara N. Davison

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:56

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about ICU physicians’ self-confidence and knowledge related to palliative care. Our objective was to investigate self-confidence and knowledge of German ICU physicians related to palliative car...

    Authors: Veronika Krautheim, Andrea Schmitz, Gesine Benze, Thomas Standl, Christine Schiessl, Wolfgang Waldeyer, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Eberhard F. Kochs, Gerhard Schneider, Klaus J. Wagner and Christian M. Schulz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:57

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Measuring the care experience at end-of-life (EOL) to inform quality improvement is a priority in many countries. We validated the CaregiverVoice survey, a modified version of the VOICES questionnaire, complet...

    Authors: Hsien Seow, Daryl Bainbridge, Melissa Brouwers, Gregory Pond and John Cairney

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:44

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The Taiwanese government has promoted palliative care consultation services (PCCS) to support terminally ill patients in acute ward settings to receive palliative care since 2005. Such an intervention can enha...

    Authors: Hsueh-Hsing Pan, Hsiu-Ling Shih, Li-Fen Wu, Yu-Chun Hung, Chi-Ming Chu and Kwua-Yun Wang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:42

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Inpatient, generalist social workers in discharge planning roles work alongside specialist palliative care social workers to care for patients, often resulting in two social workers being concurrently involved...

    Authors: Janice Firn, Nancy Preston and Catherine Walshe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:7

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

  6. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning is a process of discussion that enables competent adults to express their wishes about end-of-life care through periods of decisional incapacity. Although a number of studies have documen...

    Authors: Chong-Wen Wang, Cecilia L. W. Chan and Amy Y. M. Chow

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:5

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

  7. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to examine the status of undergraduate palliative care education among Japanese medical students using data from a survey conducted in 2015.

    Authors: Yoichi Nakamura, Yusuke Takamiya, Mari Saito, Koichi Kuroko, Tatsuko Shiratsuchi, Kenzaburo Oshima, Yuko Ito and Satoshi Miyake

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:38

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to compare the differences across occupational groups related to their end-of-life care-specific educational needs and reported intensity of interprofessional collaboration in lon...

    Authors: S. Kaasalainen, T. Sussman, M. Bui, N. Akhtar-Danesh, R. D. Laporte, L. McCleary, A. Wickson Griffiths, K. Brazil, D. Parker, V. Dal Bello-Haas, A. Papaioannou and J. O’Leary

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:33

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  9. Content type: Research article

    When entering the dying phase, the nature of physical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of people with dementia and their families may change. Our objective was to understand what needs to be in place to ...

    Authors: Jenny T. van der Steen, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marie-José H. E. Gijsberts, Laura H. Vermeulen, Margje M. Mahler and B. Anne-Mei The

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:28

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about palliative care professionals’ attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adu...

    Authors: Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T. Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:20

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Primary care physicians (General Practitioners (GPs)) play a pivotal role in providing end of life care (EoLC). However, many lack confidence in this area, and the quality of EoLC by GPs can be problematic. Ev...

    Authors: Lucy Ellen Selman, Lisa Jane Brighton, Vicky Robinson, Rob George, Shaheen A. Khan, Rachel Burman and Jonathan Koffman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:17

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Over the past decades there has been a significant increase in the number of published clinical trials in palliative care. However, empirical evidence suggests that there are methodological problems in the des...

    Authors: Raquel Bouça-Machado, Madalena Rosário, Joana Alarcão, Leonor Correia-Guedes, Daisy Abreu and Joaquim J. Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:10

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Education in palliative medicine (PM) at medical schools reveals wide variation despite the increasing importance of palliative care. Many universities present poor description of the benefits and detailed con...

    Authors: Juho T. Lehto, Kati Hakkarainen, Pirkko-Liisa Kellokumpu-Lehtinen and Tiina Saarto

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:13

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Cachexia is defined as the on-going loss of skeletal muscle mass that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support. It is found in up to 80% of patients with advanced cancer and has profound ps...

    Authors: David Scott, Joanne Reid, Peter Hudson, Peter Martin and Sam Porter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:100

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Many ‘routine’ interventions performed in hospital rooms have repercussions for the comfort of the patient, and the decision to perform them should depend on whether the patient is identified as in a terminal ...

    Authors: C. Campos-Calderón, R. Montoya-Juárez, C. Hueso-Montoro, E. Hernández-López, F. Ojeda-Virto and M. P. García-Caro

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:91

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Being a mentor in any setting brings challenges in addition to recognised benefits. Working in a low-income country confers specific challenges including logistical and communication issues. The need to adequa...

    Authors: J. L. Whitehurst and J. Rowlands

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:90

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Parents commonly report a significant improvement in quality of life following the provision of hospice and supportive care and have identified a need for such a service in the home. The purpose of this study ...

    Authors: Maria Brenner, Michael Connolly, Des Cawley, Frances Howlin, Jay Berry and Claire Quinn

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:89

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Patients’ perceptions of care quality within and across settings are important for the further development of palliative care. The aim was to investigate patients’ perceptions of palliative care quality within se...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:79

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  19. Content type: Research article

    In most developed countries, Health Care Assistants comprise a significant, and growing, proportion of the residential aged care workforce. Despite the fact that they provide the majority of direct care for re...

    Authors: Susan Fryer, Gary Bellamy, Tessa Morgan and Merryn Gott

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:78

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Palliative care aims to provide maximum comfort to the patient. However it is unknown what factors facilitate or hinder the experience of comfort, from the perspective of inpatients of palliative care units. T...

    Authors: Adriana Coelho, Vitor Parola, Miguel Escobar-Bravo and João Apóstolo

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:71

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