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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

    Providing quality palliative care in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) (aged care homes) is a high priority for ageing populations worldwide. Older people admitted to these facilities have palliative ca...

    Authors: Sara Karacsony, Anthony Good, Esther Chang, Amanda Johnson and Michel Edenborough

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:61

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have specifically assessed the scope, nature and challenges of palliative and end-of-life care in rural general practice. These knowledge gaps limit the development of evidence-based policies and s...

    Authors: Jinfeng Ding, Christobel Saunders, Angus Cook and Claire E. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:51

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Over the past five decades, palliative care has changed from helping patients at the end of life into a highly dedicated service focused on delivering supportive care to patients with life-limiting illnesses t...

    Authors: Ameena Mohammed Al-Ansari, Saleem Nawaf Suroor, Sobhi Mostafa AboSerea and Wafaa Mostafa Abd-El-Gawad

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:49

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) was developed for evaluating essential outcomes for palliative care patients. Our objectives here are to describe the process of a six-phase cross-cultural a...

    Authors: Anca-Cristina Sterie and Mathieu Bernard

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:38

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Person-centred palliative care poses high demands on professionals and patients regarding appropriate and effective communication and informed decision-making. This is even more so for patients with limited he...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Liesbeth van Vliet, Menno Kaunang, Maria van den Muijsenbergh, Gudule Boland and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:37

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    The Surprise Question (SQ) “would I be surprised if this patient were to die in the next 12 months?” has been suggested to help clinicians, and especially General Practitioners (GPs), identify people who might...

    Authors: Nicola White, Linda Oostendorp, Victoria Vickerstaff, Christina Gerlach, Yvonne Engels, Maud Maessen, Christopher Tomlinson, Johan Wens, Bert Leysen, Guido Biasco, Sofia Zambrano, Steffen Eychmüller, Christina Avgerinou, Rabih Chattat, Giovanni Ottoboni, Carel Veldhoven…

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:36

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) endorses integrated palliative care which has a significant impact on quality of life and satisfaction with care. Effective integration between hospices, palliative care ser...

    Authors: Sheila Payne, Sean Hughes, Joann Wilkinson, Jeroen Hasselaar and Nancy Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:32

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There is a dearth of literature that investigates life transitions of young adults (YAs) with life-limiting conditions, families and professionals. The scant literature that is available has methodological lim...

    Authors: Divya Jindal-Snape, Bridget Johnston, Jan Pringle, Timothy B. Kelly, Rosalind Scott, Libby Gold and Raymond Dempsey

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:30

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Spiritual care competencies are among the primary professional skills that enable best practices in nursing. Assessing these competencies and identifying those that are insufficient are important tasks. The tr...

    Authors: Yanli Hu, Fan Li and Jeng-Fong Chiou

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:27

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  10. Content type: Research article

    It is not known which attributes of care are valued the most by those who experience hospice services. Such knowledge is integral to service development as it facilitates opportunities for continuous improveme...

    Authors: Nicole Marie Hughes, Jane Noyes, Lindsay Eckley and Trystan Pritchard

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:18

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Compassion has been identified as important for therapeutic relationships in clinical medicine however there have been few empirical studies looking at how compassion is expressed different contexts. The purpo...

    Authors: A. L. Roze des Ordons, L. MacIsaac, J. Everson, J. Hui and R. H. Ellaway

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:15

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to assess four evidence-based assessments utilising exercise challenges that induce breathlessness, each with progressively less demanding levels of exertion, which can be tailored to ...

    Authors: Kahren M. White, Meera R. Agar and David C. Currow

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:4

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  13. Content type: Research article

    End-of-life conversations are rarely initiated by care staff in long-term care facilities. A possible explanation is care staff’s lack of self-efficacy in such conversations. Research into the determinants of ...

    Authors: Kirsten Evenblij, Maud ten Koppel, Tinne Smets, Guy A. M. Widdershoven, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen and H. Roeline W. Pasman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:1

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  14. Content type: Research article

    An understanding of how to implement person-centred interventions in palliative and end of life care is lacking, particularly for supporting family carers. To address this gap, we investigated components relat...

    Authors: J. Diffin, G. Ewing, G. Harvey and G. Grande

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:129

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  15. Content type: Research article

    As understandings of the impacts of end-of-life experiences on parents’ grief and bereavement increase, so too does the inclusion of bereaved parents into research studies exploring these experiences. However,...

    Authors: Ashleigh E. Butler, Helen Hall and Beverley Copnell

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:122

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  16. Content type: Technical advance

    A national Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation policy was rolled out for the National Health Service in Wales in 2015. A national steering group led on producing information videos and a website for p...

    Authors: Mark Taubert, James Norris, Sioned Edwards, Veronica Snow and Ilora Gillian Finlay

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:118

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines recommend early access to palliative care together with optimal, disease-directed therapy for people with advanced disease, however, this occurs infreque...

    Authors: Natasha Smallwood, David Currow, Sara Booth, Anna Spathis, Louis Irving and Jennifer Philip

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:115

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There is a pressing need to improve end-of-life care in acute settings. This requires meeting the learning needs of all acute care healthcare professionals to develop broader clinical expertise and bring about...

    Authors: Christy Noble, Laurie Grealish, Andrew Teodorczuk, Brenton Shanahan, Balaji Hiremagular, Jodie Morris and Sarah Yardley

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:100

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Characteristics of the physician influence the essential decision-making in end-of-life care. However, the effect of special education in palliative medicine on different aspects of decision-making in end-of-l...

    Authors: Reetta P. Piili, Juho T. Lehto, Tiina Luukkaala, Heikki Hinkka and Pirkko-Liisa I. Kellokumpu-Lehtinen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:94

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Education sessions about palliative care among teenagers are uncommon in developed countries. However, very little is known either about the impact of this type of intervention or about how this age-group perc...

    Authors: Sandra Martins Pereira, Joana Araújo and Pablo Hernández-Marrero

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:89

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  21. Content type: Technical advance

    In the rapidly developing specialty of palliative care, literature reviews have become increasingly important to inform and improve the field. When applying widely used methods for literature reviews developed...

    Authors: Marieke Zwakman, Lisa M. Verberne, Marijke C. Kars, Lotty Hooft, Johannes J. M. van Delden and René Spijker

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:82

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  22. Content type: Research article

    According to the Quality of Death Index, Hong Kong is lagging behind many other Western and Asian countries in the category of palliative and healthcare. To ensure the provision of high-quality palliative care...

    Authors: Johnny T. K. Cheung, Doreen W. H. Au, Wallace C. H. Chan, Jenny H. Y. Chan, Kenway Ng and Jean Woo

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:65

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In our aging society, palliative care should be a standard component of health care. However, currently it is only provided to a small proportion of patients, mostly to those with cancer, and restricted to the...

    Authors: F. Weijers, C. Veldhoven, C. Verhagen, K. Vissers and Y. Engels

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:64

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The transition from life-prolonging to palliative care (PC) can be challenging often characterized by psychical, physiological, social and existential changes. Knowledge of how to support the patient and famil...

    Authors: Ulrika Hilding, Renée Allvin and Karin Blomberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:55

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Advance care planning (ACP) aids can help prepare patients, family members, and physicians for in-the-moment medical decision-making. We wished to describe the content and approach of paper-based ACP aids in o...

    Authors: John F. P. Bridges, Thomas Lynch, Anne L. R. Schuster, Norah L. Crossnohere, Katherine Clegg Smith and Rebecca A. Aslakson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:54

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    The demography of the world is changing as the population is ageing. Because of this change to a higher proportion of older people, the WHO has called for improved palliative care for older persons. A large nu...

    Authors: Gerd Ahlström, Per Nilsen, Eva Benzein, Lina Behm, Birgitta Wallerstedt, Magnus Persson and Anna Sandgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:52

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Advances in medicine have helped many to live longer lives and to be able to meet health challenges. However death rates are anticipated to increase given the ageing population and chronic disease progression....

    Authors: Jennifer Tieman, Lauren Miller-Lewis, Deb Rawlings, Deborah Parker and Christine Sanderson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:31

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    A desire to die (DD) is frequent in palliative care (PC). However, uncertainty remains as to the appropriate therapeutic response. (Proactive) discussion of DD is not usually part of standard care. To support ...

    Authors: Kerstin Kremeike, Maren Galushko, Gerrit Frerich, Vanessa Romotzky, Stefanie Hamacher, Gary Rodin, Holger Pfaff and Raymond Voltz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:30

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Over the last decade, paediatric palliative care teams (PPCTs) have been introduced to support children with life-limiting diseases and their families and to ensure continuity, coordination and quality of paed...

    Authors: Lisa M. Verberne, Marijke C. Kars, Sasja A. Schepers, Antoinette Y. N. Schouten-van Meeteren, Martha A. Grootenhuis and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:23

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The Scottish Government set out its 5-year vision to improve palliative care in its Strategic Framework for Action 2016–2021. This includes a commitment to strengthening research and evidence based knowledge e...

    Authors: Anne M. Finucane, Emma Carduff, Jean Lugton, Stephen Fenning, Bridget Johnston, Marie Fallon, David Clark, Juliet A. Spiller and Scott A. Murray

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:19

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  31. Content type: Research article

    With improvement in hospice palliative care services and long-term care, Republic of Korea (hereafter South Korea) has recorded significant changes in places of death (e.g., hospital, home), especially among o...

    Authors: Tran Thi Xuan Mai, Eunsook Lee, Hyunsoon Cho and Yoon Jung Chang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:16

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Complex need for patients with a terminal illness distinguishes those who would benefit from specialist palliative care from those who could be cared for by non-specialists. However, the nature of this complex...

    Authors: Emma Carduff, Sarah Johnston, Catherine Winstanley, Jamie Morrish, Scott A. Murray, Juliet Spiller and Anne Finucane

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:12

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The evaluation of the effectiveness of undergraduate palliative care education (UPCE) programs is an essential foundation to providing high-quality UPCE programs. Therefore, the implementation of valid evaluat...

    Authors: Katharina Fetz, Ursula Wenzel-Meyburg and Christian Schulz-Quach

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:78

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  34. Content type: Research article

    One ambition regarding palliative care is that it should be more accessible to patients and families regardless of care setting. Previous studies show many difficulties and shortcomings in the care of patients...

    Authors: Pia Hahne, Staffan Lundström, Helena Leveälahti, Janet Winnhed and Joakim Öhlén

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:77

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Major obstacles exist in the care of patients at the end of life: lack of time, poor or inadequate communication, and lack of knowledge in providing care. Three possible nursing roles in care decision-making w...

    Authors: Aurelija Blaževičienė, Jamesetta A. Newland, Vilija Čivinskienė and Renea L. Beckstrand

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:74

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Children’s hospices are a key provider of palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. However, despite recent policy attention to the provision of paediatr...

    Authors: Johanna Taylor and Jan Aldridge

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:73

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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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