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BMC Palliative Care


Section edited by Nancy Preston

This section considers submissions that focus on psychosocial, spiritual, existential, philosophical, and psychological well being of patients and their family/carers in a palliative care setting.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    International guidance for advance care planning (ACP) supports the integration of spiritual and religious aspects of care within the planning process. Religious leaders’ perspectives could improve how ACP pro...

    Authors: Amanda Pereira-Salgado, Patrick Mader, Clare O’Callaghan, Leanne Boyd and Margaret Staples

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:79

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Understanding end of life preferences amongst the oldest old is crucial to informing appropriate palliative and end of life care internationally. However, little has been reported in the academic literature ab...

    Authors: Merryn Gott, Rosemary Frey, Janine Wiles, Anna Rolleston, Ruth Teh, Tess Moeke-Maxwell and Ngaire Kerse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:76

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  3. Content type: Research article

    When patients are facing the ends of their lives, spiritual concerns often become more important. It is argued that effective, integrated palliative care should include addressing patients’ spiritual wellbeing...

    Authors: Renske Kruizinga, Michael Scherer-Rath, Johannes B. A. M. Schilderman, Mariëtte Weterman, Teresa Young and Hanneke W. M. van Laarhoven

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:67

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  4. Content type: Research article

    The aims of this study were to gain a better understanding of how bereaved family members perceive the quality of EOL care by comparing their satisfaction with quality of end-of-life care across four different...

    Authors: Kelli Stajduhar, Richard Sawatzky, S. Robin Cohen, Daren K. Heyland, Diane Allan, Darcee Bidgood, Leah Norgrove and Anne M. Gadermann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:59

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Family members are involved in the care of palliative patients at home and therefore, should be viewed as important sources of information to help clinicians better understand the quality palliative care servi...

    Authors: María Aparicio, Carlos Centeno, José Miguel Carrasco, Antonio Barbosa and María Arantzamendi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:47

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Family caregiving in the context of advanced disease in particular, can be physically and emotionally taxing. Caregivers can subsequently face bereavement exhausted with few supports, limited resources and a s...

    Authors: Lorraine Holtslander, Sharon Baxter, Kelly Mills, Sarah Bocking, Tina Dadgostari, Wendy Duggleby, Vicky Duncan, Peter Hudson, Agatha Ogunkorode and Shelley Peacock

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:48

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Dying in the preferred setting is an indicator of good palliative care quality. Most people prefer to die at home. But does the quality of care as perceived by their relatives vary depending on the care settin...

    Authors: Dolf de Boer, Jolien M. Hofstede, Anke J. E. de Veer, Natasja J. H. Raijmakers and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:41

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The death of a parent is a highly stressful life event for bereaved children. Several studies have shown an increased risk of mental ill-health and psychosocial problems among affected children. The aims of th...

    Authors: Ann-Sofie Bergman, Ulf Axberg and Elizabeth Hanson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:39

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Maintaining a sense of self-care while providing patient centered care, can be difficult for practitioners in palliative medicine. We aimed to pilot an “on the job” mindfulness and compassion-oriented meditati...

    Authors: Claudia L. Orellana-Rios, Lukas Radbruch, Martina Kern, Yesche U. Regel, Andreas Anton, Shane Sinclair and Stefan Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:3

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

  10. Content type: Research article

    A compassionate community approach to palliative care provides important rationale for building community-based hospice volunteer capacity. In this project, we piloted one such capacity-building model in which...

    Authors: Barbara Pesut, Wendy Duggleby, Grace Warner, Konrad Fassbender, Elisabeth Antifeau, Brenda Hooper, Madeleine Greig and Kelli Sullivan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:2

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

  11. Content type: Research article

    Few services are available to support rural older adults living at home with advancing chronic illness. The objective of this project was to pilot a nurse-led navigation service to provide early palliative sup...

    Authors: Barbara Pesut, Brenda Hooper, Marnie Jacobsen, Barbara Nielsen, Miranda Falk and Brian P. O ‘Connor

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:37

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This pilot study aimed to investigate quality of life, psychological burden, unmet needs, and care satisfaction in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients (FCs) during specialized inpatient palliative ca...

    Authors: Anneke Ullrich, Lilian Ascherfeld, Gabriella Marx, Carsten Bokemeyer, Corinna Bergelt and Karin Oechsle

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:31

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The practice of continuous deep sedation is a challenging clinical intervention with demanding clinical and ethical decision-making. Though current research indicates that healthcare professionals’ involvement...

    Authors: Sarah Ziegler, Hannes Merker, Margareta Schmid and Milo A. Puhan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:30

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Bereavement support is part of palliative care. Sending out bereavement anniversary cards is one intervention of follow-up support for the bereaved. This study evaluated the suitability of bereavement annivers...

    Authors: Swantje Goebel, Sandra Stephanie Mai, Christina Gerlach, Ulrike Windschmitt, Karl-Heinz Feldmann and Martin Weber

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:26

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Caregiving is strenuous and it may be associated with adverse psychological outcomes. During the palliative care trajectory, there are unique opportunities for providing support and preventing poor bereavement...

    Authors: Kia Toft Thomsen, Mai-Britt Guldin, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, Chaitali Laura Ollars and Anders Bonde Jensen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:23

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Community-dwelling consumers of healthcare are increasing, many aging with life-limiting conditions and deteriorating cognition. However, few have had advance care planning discussions or completed documentati...

    Authors: Natasha Michael, Clare O’Callaghan and Emma Sayers

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:2

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Case management is a subject of interest within pediatric palliative care. Detailed descriptions of the content of this type of case management are lacking. We aim to describe the contents of care provided, ut...

    Authors: Charissa T. Jagt – van Kampen, Marijke C. Kars, Derk A. Colenbrander, Diederik K. Bosman, Martha A. Grootenhuis, Huib N. Caron and Antoinette Y. N. Schouten-van Meeteren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:1

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Research suggests that there may be bereavement experiences and support needs which are specific to family caregivers providing end of life care (EoLC), although this remains an under-researched area. This pap...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Fiona Morgan, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:92

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Existential behavioural therapy (EBT) is a recently developed intervention to support informal caregivers of patients in a specialist palliative care unit and was initially established as a six-session group p...

    Authors: Helena S Stöckle, Sigrid Haarmann-Doetkotte, Claudia Bausewein and Martin J Fegg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:88

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2016 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.602 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.036 - 5-year Impact Factor
    0.979 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.852 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

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