Palliative care in other conditions

Section edited by Claudia Bausewein

This broad section considers submissions relevant to pain and symptom management in human disorders, 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. Debate

    Better palliative care for people with a dementia: summary of interdisciplinary workshop highlighting current gaps and recommendations for future research

    Dementia is the most common neurological disorder worldwide and is a life-limiting condition, but very often is not recognised as such. People with dementia, and their carers, have been shown to have palliativ...

    Siobhán Fox, Carol FitzGerald, Karen Harrison Dening, Kate Irving, W. George Kernohan, Adrian Treloar, David Oliver, Suzanne Guerin and Suzanne Timmons

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:9

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  2. Research article

    The impact of antiretroviral therapy on symptom burden among HIV outpatients with low CD4 count in rural Uganda: nested longitudinal cohort study

    Individuals with HIV have a high prevalence of physical and psychological symptoms throughout their disease course. Despite the clinical and public health implications of unresolved pain and symptoms, little i...

    Katie Wakeham, Richard Harding, Jonathan Levin, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi, Anatoli Kamali and David G Lalloo

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:8

    Published on: 13 July 2017

  3. Research article

    The provision of generalist and specialist palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease in the North and Republic of Ireland: a qualitative study

    Previous research and key guidelines have suggested potential models of palliative care for patients with COPD and interstitial lung disease. However, these recommendations are often not effectively implemente...

    Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid, Philip Larkin, Sam Porter and Peter Hudson

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:6

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Degree of dyspnoea at admission and discharge in patients with heart failure and respiratory diseases

    Dyspnoea is a disabling symptom in patients admitted with heart failure (HF) and respiratory diseases (RD). The main aim of this study is to evaluate its intensity at admission and discharge and the relation w...

    Lourdes Vicent, Juan Manuel Nuñez Olarte, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Oliva, Juan Carlos López, Andrea Postigo, Irene Martín, Raquel Luna, Francisco Fernández-Avilés and Manuel Martínez-Sellés

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:35

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Pain Intervention for people with Dementia in nursing homes (PID): study protocol for a quasi-experimental nurse intervention

    It is estimated that 19 to 83% of people with dementia suffer from pain that is inadequately treated in the last months of life. A large number of healthcare workers who care for these people in nursing homes ...

    Andrea Koppitz, Georg Bosshard, Geneviève Blanc, Hannele Hediger, Sheila Payne and Thomas Volken

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:27

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  6. Research article

    Identification of drug combinations administered by continuous subcutaneous infusion that require analysis for compatibility and stability

    A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several cl...

    Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason and John Ellershaw

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:22

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Exploring healthcare assistants’ role and experience in pain assessment and management for people with advanced dementia towards the end of life: a qualitative study

    Pain assessment and management are key aspects in the care of people with dementia approaching the end of life but become challenging when patient self-report is impaired or unavailable. Best practice recommen...

    Bannin De Witt Jansen, Kevin Brazil, Peter Passmore, Hilary Buchanan, Doreen Maxwell, Sonja J. McIlfatrick, Sharon M. Morgan, Max Watson and Carole Parsons

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:6

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  8. Research article

    Challenges to access and provision of palliative care for people who are homeless: a systematic review of qualitative research

    People who are homeless or vulnerably housed are a marginalized group who often experience high rates of morbidity and die young as a result of complex problems. Access to health care and support can be challe...

    Briony F. Hudson, Kate Flemming, Caroline Shulman and Bridget Candy

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:96

    Published on: 3 December 2016

  9. Research article

    Using telehealth to support end of life care in the community: a feasibility study

    Telehealth is being used increasingly in providing care to patients in the community setting. Telehealth enhanced service delivery could offer new ways of managing load and care prioritisation for palliative c...

    Jennifer J. Tieman, Kate Swetenham, Deidre D. Morgan, Timothy H. To and David C. Currow

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:94

    Published on: 17 November 2016

  10. Research article

    End-of-life care of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive disease with median survival from 2 to 7 years. Palliative care is an important part of patients´ care as lung transplantation is not an option for the majo...

    Kaisa Rajala, Juho T. Lehto, M. Saarinen, E. Sutinen, T. Saarto and M. Myllärniemi

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:85

    Published on: 12 October 2016

  11. Research article

    Case conference primary-secondary care planning at end of life can reduce the cost of hospitalisations

    To plan integrated care at end of life for people with either heart failure or lung disease, we used a case conference between the patient’s general practitioner (GP), specialist services and a palliative care...

    Samantha Hollingworth, Jianzhen Zhang, Bharat Phani Vaikuntam, Claire Jackson and Geoffrey Mitchell

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:84

    Published on: 23 September 2016

  12. Study protocol

    The last phase of life with dementia in Swiss nursing homes: the study protocol of the longitudinal and prospective ZULIDAD study

    The proportion of older people with advanced dementia who will die in nursing homes is constantly growing. However, little is known about the dying phase, the type of symptoms, the management of symptoms and t...

    Stefanie Eicher, Nathan Theill, Heike Geschwindner, Caroline Moor, Albert Wettstein, Gabriela Bieri-Brüning, Christoph Hock, Mike Martin, Henrike Wolf and Florian Riese

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:80

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  13. Research article

    Health care professionals’ attitudes regarding palliative care for patients with chronic heart failure: an interview study

    Even though struggling with similar symptom burden, patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) receive less palliative care than patients suffering from malignant diseases. Researchers have found that this migh...

    Jeanette Ziehm, Erik Farin, Katharina Seibel, Gerhild Becker and Stefan Köberich

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:76

    Published on: 15 August 2016

  14. Research article

    Benefits of interventions for respiratory secretion management in adult palliative care patients—a systematic review

    Respiratory secretions impact negatively on palliative patients. Unfortunately, a gold standard therapy is not yet available. The purpose of this study was to identify which interventions are in use to control...

    Juliano Ferreira Arcuri, Ebun Abarshi, Nancy J. Preston, Jenny Brine and Valéria Amorim Pires Di Lorenzo

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:74

    Published on: 9 August 2016

  15. Research article

    Exploring access to end of life care for ethnic minorities with end stage kidney disease through recruitment in action research

    Variation in provision of palliative care in kidney services and practitioner concerns to provide equitable access led to the development of this study which focussed on the perspectives of South Asian patient...

    Emma Wilkinson, Gurch Randhawa, Edwina Brown, Maria Da Silva Gane, John Stoves, Graham Warwick, Tahira Akhtar, Regina Magee, Sue Sharman and Ken Farrington

    BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:57

    Published on: 11 July 2016

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