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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

    Expressive writing involves writing about stressful or traumatic experiences. Despite trials in people with advanced disease, no systematic review to date has critiqued the evidence on expressive writing in th...

    Authors: N. Kupeli, G. Chatzitheodorou, N. A. Troop, D. McInnerney, P. Stone and B. Candy

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:65

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  2. Content type: Research article

    End-of-life (EOL) conversations in hospital should serve to give patients the opportunity to consider future treatment options and help them clarify their values and wishes before it becomes relevant to make d...

    Authors: Heidi Bergenholtz, Helle Ussing Timm and Malene Missel

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:62

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Gender disparities of specific symptoms and problems have frequently been observed in palliative care patients, but research rarely focused on the range of problems and needs affected by gender.

    Authors: Anneke Ullrich, Kristina Grube, Cornelia Hlawatsch, Carsten Bokemeyer and Karin Oechsle

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:59

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Newer models of palliative and supportive cancer care view the person as an active agent in managing physical and psychosocial challenges. Therefore, personal efficacy is an integral part of this model. Due to...

    Authors: Samantha Serpentini, Paola Del Bianco, Andrea Chirico, Thomas V. Merluzzi, Rosalba Martino, Fabio Lucidi, Gian Luca De Salvo, Leonardo Trentin and Eleonora Capovilla

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:34

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    Although patients in palliative care commonly report high emotional and spiritual needs, effective psychosocial treatments based on high quality studies are rare. First research provides evidence for benefits ...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Friederike Koehler, Martin Weber, Hubert J. Bardenheuer, Beate Ditzen and Jens Kessler

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:14

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  6. Content type: Research article

    More patients are dying in non-palliative care settings than in palliative care settings. How health care providers care for adult patients at the end-of-life stage in non-palliative care settings has not been...

    Authors: Xiao Bin Lai, Frances Kam Yuet Wong and Shirley Siu Yin Ching

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:116

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  7. Content type: Research article

    As the do not resuscitate” (DNR) discussion involves communication, this study explored (1) the effects of a title that included “allow natural death”, and of information contents and outcomes of the decision; a...

    Authors: Sheng-Yu Fan, Ying-Wei Wang and I-Mei Lin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:114

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Medical advances have led to new challenges in decision-making for parents of seriously ill children. Many parents say religion and spirituality (R&S) influence their decisions, but the mechanism and outcomes ...

    Authors: Alexandra K. Superdock, Raymond C. Barfield, Debra H. Brandon and Sharron L. Docherty

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:107

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Laypersons including volunteers, community health navigators, or peer educators provide important support to individuals with serious illnesses in community or healthcare settings. The experiences of layperson...

    Authors: Elizabeth Somes, Joanna Dukes, Adreanne Brungardt, Sarah Jordan, Kristen DeSanto, Christine D. Jones, Urvi Jhaveri Sanghvi, Khadijah Breathett, Jacqueline Jones and Hillary D. Lum

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:98

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Dignity Therapy (DT) is a short-term intervention to reduce psychological suffering in end-of-life care. Its strength lies in evidenced-based development and investigation. The aim of the present study is to i...

    Authors: Sandra Stephanie Mai, Swantje Goebel, Elisabeth Jentschke, Birgitt van Oorschot, Karl-Heinz Renner and Martin Weber

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:73

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    A considerable number of terminally-ill adult children are outlived by at least one parent and receive palliative care prior to their death. At the same time, adult children continue to be confronted with thei...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Eva-Maria Stelzer, Nils Schneider and Franziska A. Herbst

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:68

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Self-care practice within the palliative care workforce is often discussed, yet seemingly under-researched. While palliative care professionals are required to implement and maintain effective self-care strate...

    Authors: Jason Mills, Timothy Wand and Jennifer A. Fraser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:63

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    In palliative care contexts, support programs for families with a severely ill parent and minor children are few, and even fewer have been evaluated scientifically. The aims of this study are to examine feasib...

    Authors: Rakel Eklund, Ulrika Kreicbergs, Anette Alvariza and Malin Lövgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:35

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  14. Content type: Research article

    The use of music as therapy in multidisciplinary end-of-life care dates back to the 1970s and nowadays music therapy (MT) is one of the most frequently used complementary therapy in in-patient palliative care ...

    Authors: W. Schmid, J. H. Rosland, S. von Hofacker, I. Hunskår and F. Bruvik

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:32

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is a very common disease among women in Ghana and in the world as a whole. However, there is a dearth of information on the mechanisms cervical cancer patients adopt to cope with the condition ...

    Authors: Charity Binka, Samuel Harrenson Nyarko, Kofi Awusabo-Asare and David Teye Doku

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:24

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Content type: Research article

    Caregiver burden affects the physical, psychological and emotional well-being of the caregiver. The purpose of this analysis was to describe an informal caregiver cohort (n = 81), their subjective assessment of b...

    Authors: Miriam Galvin, Bernie Corr, Caoifa Madden, Iain Mays, Regina McQuillan, Virpi Timonen, Anthony Staines and Orla Hardiman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:81

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The balance between hope-hopelessness plays an important role in the way terminally ill patients report quality of life, and personal resilience may be related to hope at the end of life. The objective of this...

    Authors: Joao Paulo Consentino Solano, Amanda Gomes da Silva, Ivan Agurtov Soares, Hazem Adel Ashmawi and Joaquim Edson Vieira

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:70

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Bereavement groups are believed to be beneficial as preventive interventions to reduce the development of complicated grief for people at risk after the death of a significant other. This study aimed to invest...

    Authors: Ulla Näppä, Ann-Britt Lundgren and Bertil Axelsson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:58

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Most people with advanced dementia die in nursing homes where families may have to make decisions as death approaches. Discussions about end-of-life care between families and nursing home staff are uncommon, d...

    Authors: Geena Saini, Elizabeth L. Sampson, Sarah Davis, Nuriye Kupeli, Jane Harrington, Gerard Leavey, Irwin Nazareth, Louise Jones and Kirsten J. Moore

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:55

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Research on perinatal bereavement services is limited. The aim of the study was to compare the uptake of bereavement support services between two tertiary neonatal units (NNU), and to investigate influencing f...

    Authors: Jayanta Banerjee, Charanjit Kaur, Sridhar Ramaiah, Rahul Roy and Narendra Aladangady

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:54

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Research has shown positive effects of music therapy on the physical and mental well-being of terminally ill patients. This study aimed to identify favored subjects and psychosocial needs of terminally ill can...

    Authors: Pia Preissler, Sarah Kordovan, Anneke Ullrich, Carsten Bokemeyer and Karin Oechsle

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:48

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In the pursuit to provide the highest quality of person centered palliative care, client preferences, needs, and wishes surrounding end of life should be used to inform the plan of care. During a clinical asse...

    Authors: Shannon Freeman, Trevor Frise Smith, Eva Neufeld, Kathy Fisher and Satoru Ebihara

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:24

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Several studies investigated the relationship between mental disorders and suicidal ideation. However, little is known about physical illnesses being the major trigger for committed suicides. It is necessary t...

    Authors: Martin Fegg, Sybille Kraus, Matthias Graw and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:14

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Family caregivers play a key role in palliative care at home, and understanding the interdependencies in the constellation of patient, family caregivers and service providers is important. As few longitudinal ...

    Authors: Katja Krug, Antje Miksch, Frank Peters-Klimm, Peter Engeser and Joachim Szecsenyi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:4

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The death of a newborn is a traumatic life changing event in the lives of parents. We hypothesized that bereaved parents of newborn infants want to have choices in the personal care of their infant at the end ...

    Authors: Emily Shelkowitz, Sharon L. Vessella, Patricia O’Reilly, Richard Tucker and Beatrice E. Lechner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:70

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The question whether euthanasia should be legalised has led to substantial public debate in France. The objective of this study in a sample of French physicians was to establish the potential determinants of a...

    Authors: Lionel Dany, Karine Baumstarck, Eric Dudoit, Florence Duffaud, Pascal Auquier and Sébastien Salas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:59

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Instruments specific to palliative care tend to measure care quality from relative perspectives or have insufficient theoretical foundation. The instrument Quality from the Patient’s Perspective (QPP) is based...

    Authors: Tuva Sandsdalen, Ingrid Rystedt, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Reidun Hov, Sevald Høye and Bodil Wilde-Larsson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:54

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  47. Content type: Correspondence

    Chaplaincy is a relatively new discipline in medicine that provides for care of the human spirit in healthcare contexts for people of all worldviews. Studies indicate wide appreciation for its importance, yet ...

    Authors: Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, George Grant, Kevin Massey, Angelika Zollfrank, Diana Wilke, Richard Powell, Walter Smith and Kenneth Pargament

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:29

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