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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. 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

    Content type: Research article

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

  2. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  3. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  9. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  10. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  11. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  12. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  13. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  14. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  16. There is a gap between readily available evidence of best practice and its use in everyday palliative care. The IMPACT study evaluated the potential of facilitated use of Quality Indicators as tools to improve...

    Authors: Steve Iliffe, Nathan Davies, Jill Manthorpe, Peter Crome, Sam H Ahmedzai, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:69

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The concerns of undergraduate nursing and medical students’ regarding end of life care are well documented. Many report feelings of emotional distress, anxiety and a lack of preparation to provide care to pati...

    Authors: Claire Lewis, Joanne Reid, Zara McLernon, Rory Ingham and Marian Traynor

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:67

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Physicians working in critical and intensive care settings encounter death of chronic incurable patients on a daily basis; however they have scant skills on how to communicate with the patients and their famil...

    Authors: Nana Chikhladze, Elene Janberidze, Mariam Velijanashvili, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Memed Jintcharadze, Julia Verne and Dimitri Kordzaia

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:63

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Implementation of quality improvements in palliative care (PC) is challenging, and detailed knowledge about factors that may facilitate or hinder implementation is essential for success. One part of the EU-fun...

    Authors: Ragni Sommerbakk, Dagny Faksvåg Haugen, Aksel Tjora, Stein Kaasa and Marianne Jensen Hjermstad

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:61

    Content type: Research article

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  20. There are approximately 426,000 people residing within care homes in the UK. Residents often have complex trajectories of dying, which make it difficult for staff to manage their end-of-life care. There is gro...

    Authors: Mary O’Brien, Jennifer Kirton, Katherine Knighting, Brenda Roe and Barbara Jack

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:53

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Agreed terminology used in systematic reviews of the effectiveness of specialist palliative care ((S)PC)) is required to ensure consistency and usability and to help guide future similar reviews and the design...

    Authors: Jan Gaertner, Waldemar Siemens, Barbara A. Daveson, Melinda Smith, Catherine J. Evans, Irene J. Higginson and Gerhild Becker

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:43

    Content type: Debate

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  22. Integrating palliative care (PC) and empowering the health care workforce is essential to achieve universal access to PC services. In 2010, 46 % of patients in Mulago Hospital, Uganda had a life limiting illne...

    Authors: Julia Downing, Mwazi Batuli, Grace Kivumbi, Josephine Kabahweza, Liz Grant, Scott A. Murray, Elizabeth Namukwaya and Mhoira Leng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:40

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Palliative care is mainly restricted to terminal care. General practitioners (GPs) are not trained to early identify palliative patients with cancer, COPD or heart failure. With the help of the RADboud indicat...

    Authors: Bregje Thoonsen, Marieke Groot, Stans Verhagen, Chris van Weel, Kris Vissers and Yvonne Engels

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:39

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Current evidence suggests that palliative care education can improve preregistration nursing students’ competencies in palliative care. However, it is not known whether these competencies are translated into s...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Karen Cox and Jane Seymour

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:37

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Postgraduate medical trainees are not well prepared difficult conversations about goals of care with patients and families in the acute care clinical setting. While contextual nuances within the workplace can ...

    Authors: Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Jocelyn Lockyer, Michael Hartwick, Aimee Sarti and Rola Ajjawi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:34

    Content type: Research article

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  26. No data exist on the size of the population potentially in need of palliative care in Germany. The aim of this study is to estimate the size of the German population that may benefit from palliative care.

    Authors: Nadine Scholten, Anna Lena Günther, Holger Pfaff and Ute Karbach

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:29

    Content type: Research article

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  27. A training programme was developed and delivered to a cohort of volunteers who were preparing for a unique role to provide companionship to dying patients in the acute hospital setting. This comprehensive prog...

    Authors: Alison Germain, Kate Nolan, Rita Doyle, Stephen Mason, Maureen Gambles, Hong Chen, Ruthmarijke Smeding and John Ellershaw

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:28

    Content type: Research article

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  28. To improve the quality of end-of-life care in geriatric hospital wards we developed the Care Programme for the Last Days of Life. It consists of 1) the Care Guide for the Last Days of Life, 2) supportive docum...

    Authors: Rebecca Verhofstede, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Massimo Costantini, Nele Van Den Noortgate and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:27

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Most patients with life-limiting illnesses are treated and cared for over a long period of time in primary care and guidelines suggest that ACP discussions should be initiated in primary care. However, a pract...

    Authors: Aline De Vleminck, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Robert Vander Stichele and Koen Pardon

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:17

    Content type: Research article

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  30. There are identified gaps in the care provided to children with cancer based on the self-identified lack of education for health care professionals in pediatric palliative care and in the perceptions of bereav...

    Authors: Kimberley Widger, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Joanne Wolfe, Stephen Liben, Jason D. Pole, Eric Bouffet, Mark Greenberg, Amna Husain, Harold Siden, James A. Whitlock and Adam Rapoport

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. The ABC End of Life Education Programme trained approximately 3000 care home staff in End of Life (EoL) care. An evaluation that compared this programme with the Gold Standards Framework found that it achieved...

    Authors: Andrea Mayrhofer, Claire Goodman, Nigel Smeeton, Melanie Handley, Sarah Amador and Sue Davies

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:11

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Recent concerns about suboptimal patient care and a lack of compassion have prompted policymakers to question the preparedness of clinicians for the challenging environment in which they practice. Compassionat...

    Authors: Shane Sinclair, Jill M. Norris, Shelagh J. McConnell, Harvey Max Chochinov, Thomas F. Hack, Neil A. Hagen, Susan McClement and Shelley Raffin Bouchal

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:6

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Much of what we understand about the design of healthcare systems to support care of the dying comes from our experiences with providing palliative care for dying cancer patients. It is increasingly recognized...

    Authors: Richard Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield, Joyce Lee, Duncan Dixon, Kathleen Lounsbury, Barbara Pesut, Della Roberts, Carolyn Tayler, James Voth and Kelli Stajduhar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:5

    Content type: Research article

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  34. There is high variability in end-of-life (EOL) treatments. Some of this could be due to differences in physician treatment recommendations, their knowledge/attitude regarding palliative care, and their perceiv...

    Authors: Chetna Malhotra, Noreen Chan, Jamie Zhou, Hannah B. Dalager and Eric Finkelstein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:52

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The effects of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) have never been investigated in older patients dying in acute geriatric hospital wards and its content and implementation have never been adapted to this specifi...

    Authors: Rebecca Verhofstede, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Massimo Costantini, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Agnes van der Heide and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:24

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Family caregivers in palliative care have a need for knowledge and support from health professionals, resulting in the need for educational and supportive interventions. However, research has mainly focused on...

    Authors: Maja Holm, Ida Carlander, Carl-Johan Fürst, Yvonne Wengström, Kristofer Årestedt, Joakim Öhlen and Anette Henriksson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:16

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of planning for future healthcare that is facilitated by a trained healthcare professional, whereby a person’s values, beliefs and treatment preferences are made know...

    Authors: Marcus Sellars, Karen M Detering and William Silvester

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:15

    Content type: Research article

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  38. We undertook a modified systematic review of research regarding educational approaches to and effectiveness of pre-registration palliative care nursing, to inform the development of a short course in palliativ...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Jane Seymour and Karen Cox

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:56

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Sedation in palliative care has received growing attention in recent years; and so have guidelines, position statements, and related literature that provide recommendations for its practice. Yet little is know...

    Authors: Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens and Lieve Van Den Block

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:34

    Content type: Study protocol

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  40. The Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ) is an assessment tool used to evaluate patients’ perspectives of their doctor’s communication and interpersonal skills. The present pilot study investigated whether...

    Authors: Kate ME Henriksen, Naomi Heller, Anne M Finucane and David Oxenham

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:27

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Family carers play an essential role in providing end-of-life care to their relatives but have been found to experience uncertainty and a lack of confidence in fulfilling their caregiving roles, prompting rece...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:22

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Cancer-related pain continues to be a major healthcare issue worldwide. Despite the availability of effective analgesic drugs, published guidelines and educational programs for Health Care Professionals (HCPs)...

    Authors: Carla Ida Ripamonti, Cesarina Prandi, Massimo Costantini, Elisa Perfetti, Fabio Pellegrini, Marco Visentin, Lorenza Garrino, Anna De Luca, Maria Adelaide Pessi and Carlo Peruselli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:15

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. To provide quality care at the end of life or for chronically sick patients, nurses must have good knowledge, attitude and practice about palliative care (PC). In Ethiopia PC is new and very little is known ab...

    Authors: Hiwot Kassa, Rajalakshmi Murugan, Fissiha Zewdu, Mignote Hailu and Desalegn Woldeyohannes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:6

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Homeless populations have complex and diverse end-of-life care needs. However, they typically die outside of the end-of-life care system. To date, few studies have explored barriers to the end-of-life care sys...

    Authors: Ryan McNeil, Manal Guirguis-Younger and Laura B Dilley

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:14

    Content type: Research article

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    83 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    57 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    203 days from submission to acceptance
    14 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    2.015 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.65 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.407 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.056 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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