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BMC Palliative Care

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. Content type: Research article

    Ninety-eight percent of children needing palliative care live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and almost half of them live in Africa. In contrast to the abundance of data on populations in high in...

    Authors: Hatoko Sasaki, Marie-Charlotte Bouesseau, Joan Marston and Rintaro Mori

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:60

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder with many intractable consequences for patients and their family caregivers. Little is known about the possibilities that palliative car...

    Authors: Herma Lennaerts, Marieke Groot, Maxime Steppe, Jenny T. van der Steen, Marieke Van den Brand, Dorian van Amelsvoort, Kris Vissers, Marten Munneke and Bastiaan R. Bloem

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:61

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Although the Japanese government has expanded its ‘Elderly Housing with Care Services’ (EHCS) to ensure sufficient places of death for the elderly, resident deaths have occurred in less than 30% of the facilit...

    Authors: Kentaro Sugimoto, Yasuko Ogata, Masayo Kashiwagi, Haruka Ueno, Yoshie Yumoto and Yuki Yonekura

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:58

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Patients with severe stroke often do not have the capacity to participate in discussions on treatment restrictions because of a reduced level of consciousness, aphasia, or another cognitive disorder. We assess...

    Authors: Floor A. S. de Kort, Marjolein Geurts, Paul L. M. de Kort, Julia H. van Tuijl, Ghislaine J. M. W. van Thiel, L. Jaap Kappelle and H. Bart van der Worp

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:52

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a therapeutic concept, which has only recently been explored in more detail within the palliative care setting. A programme of AAT was begun in June 2014 at the Interdisciplina...

    Authors: Andrea Schmitz, Melanie Beermann, Colin R. MacKenzie, Katharina Fetz and Christian Schulz-Quach

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:50

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  6. Content type: Research article

    To expand our clinical and scientific knowledge about holistic outcomes within palliative care, there is a need for agreed-upon patient-reported outcome measures. These patient-reported outcome measures then r...

    Authors: Ingela Beck, Ulrika Olsson Möller, Marlene Malmström, Anna Klarare, Henrik Samuelsson, Carina Lundh Hagelin, Birgit Rasmussen and Carl Johan Fürst

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:49

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for global approaches to palliative care development. Yet it is questionable whether one-size-fits-all solutions can accommodate international disparities in pall...

    Authors: Lisa Williams, Merryn Gott, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Stella Black, Shuchi Kothari, Sarina Pearson, Tessa Morgan, Matua Rawiri Wharemate and Whaea Whio Hansen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:46

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Early palliative care (EPC) is recommended but rarely integrated with advanced heart failure (HF) care. We engaged patients and family caregivers to study the feasibility and site differences in a two-site EPC...

    Authors: Marie Bakitas, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Salpy V. Pamboukian, Jose Tallaj, Elizabeth Kvale, Keith M. Swetz, Jennifer Frost, Rachel Wells, Andres Azuero, Konda Keebler, Imatullah Akyar, Deborah Ejem, Karen Steinhauser, Tasha Smith, Raegan Durant and Alan T. Kono

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:45

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  9. Content type: Debate

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:9

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

  10. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:8

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

  11. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:6

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

  12. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:35

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Neonatology has made significant advances in the last 30 years. Despite the advances in treatments, not all neonates survive and a palliative care model is required within the neonatal context. Previous resear...

    Authors: Meegan Kilcullen and Susan Ireland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:32

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:27

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  15. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:22

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  16. Content type: Research article

    It has been found that including volunteers in palliative care is a positive contribution to seriously ill patients. It is, however, recommended that the volunteers are trained and supported. The aim of this s...

    Authors: Ulrika Söderhamn, Sylvi Flateland, Marthe Fensli and Ragnhild Skaar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:18

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  17. Content type: Research article

    An advance directive (AD) is a written or verbal document that legally stipulates a person’s health care preference while they are competent to make decisions for themselves and is used to guide decisions on l...

    Authors: Stephen Omondi, John Weru, Asim Jamal Shaikh and Gerald Yonga

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:9

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  18. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:6

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Patients with serious chronic illnesses face increasingly complex care and are at risk of poor experience due to a fragmented health system. Most current patient experience tools are not designed to address th...

    Authors: Karl M. Fernstrom, Nathan D. Shippee, Alissa L. Jones and Heather R. Britt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:99

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Exercise is increasingly recognized as a core component of palliative rehabilitation. The group exercise model is often adopted as a means of reaching more patients with limited resource. Despite the growth of...

    Authors: Lorna Malcolm, Gill Mein, Alison Jones, Helena Talbot-Rice, Matthew Maddocks and Katherine Bristowe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:97

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