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  1. This case report from Scotland, UK illustrates how unresolved traumatic experiences across the life course can affect a patient’s engagement with palliative care and offers insights into the flexibility and ad...

    Authors: Sam Quinn, Libby Ferguson, Derek Read and Naomi Richards
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:61
  2. Several studies emerging from developed countries have highlighted a significant number of potentially avoidable emergency department (ED) visits by cancer patients during the end-of-life period. However, ther...

    Authors: Hagir Salama, Mohamed H. Omer, Areez Shafqat, Ahmed Binahmed, Ghadah Muhammed Alghamdi, Mohammed Saeed, Mohamed Madani Alfagi, Bayan Saeed Alqahtany, Feda Alshoshan, Dalia Salih, Ahmed Hashim, Mohammad Alkaiyat and Abdullah Algarni
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:60
  3. There is currently a high demand for bereavement support coupled with inconclusive findings as to the efficacy of existing approaches. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to improve human functioning ...

    Authors: Nikolaus Willi, Anna Pancoast, Ioanna Drikaki, Xueying Gu, David Gillanders and Anne Finucane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:59
  4. Recent exercise intervention studies have shown promising results in improving quality of life (QoL) and physical function (PF) in diverse chronic disease and advanced cancer patients. However, the effects of ...

    Authors: Inken Schwonke, Nils Freitag, Paula Aschendorf, Kerstin Wucharz, Johanna Thieme, Iris Appelmann, Moritz Schumann and Frank Elsner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:58
  5. Music therapy interventions with informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness at pre- and post-bereavement is an increasingly important clinical area. This systematic review is the first to syn...

    Authors: K. Gillespie, T. McConnell, A. Roulston, N. Potvin, C. Ghiglieri, I. Gadde, M. Anderson, J. Kirkwood, D. Thomas, L. Roche, M. O.’Sullivan, A. McCullagh and L. Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:55
  6. The experience of Wish to Die is common in patients living with Advanced Disease. It has been studied worldwide and qualitative studies have contributed to the understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon...

    Authors: Alazne Belar, Maria Arantzamendi, Philip Larkin, Iñaki Saralegui, Yolanda Santesteban, Nerea Alonso, Marina Martínez and Carlos Centeno
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:57
  7. People living with severe mental illness (SMI) face significant health inequalities, including in palliative care. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is widely recommended by palliative care experts and could reduce ...

    Authors: Rea Kaur Gill, Joanne Droney, Gareth Owen, Julia Riley and Lucy Stephenson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:56
  8. Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) enter the palliative phase when cure is no longer possible or when they refuse curative treatment. The mean survival is five months, with a range of ...

    Authors: Arta Hoesseini, Aniel Sewnaik, Boyd N. van den Besselaar, Jang Zhang, Nikki van Leeuwen, Jose A. Hardillo, Robert Jan Baatenburg de Jong and Marinella P. J. Offerman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:54
  9. Although there is growing demand for hospice care in China due to its aging population and increasing cancer rates, the sector remains slow to expand. Oncology nurses are the primary providers of hospice care,...

    Authors: Jing Zhao, Yu Wang, Binbin Xiao, Fucheng Ye, Jianfei Chen, Yingjuan Huang, Ting Li, Xiaoli Chen, Hongmei Ma, Qing Zhang and Zhijie Zou
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:53
  10. Actigraphy offers a promising way to objectively assess pediatric sleep. Aim of the study was investigating the extent to which actigraphy used in children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions is cons...

    Authors: Larissa Alice Kubek, Benedikt Claus, Boris Zernikow and Julia Wager
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:52
  11. Predicting mortality in the emergency department (ED) is imperative to guide palliative care and end-of-life decisions. However, the clinical usefulness of utilizing the existing screening tools still leaves s...

    Authors: Yu-Jing Wang, Chen-Yang Hsu, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Hsiu-Hsi Chen and Chao-Chih Lai
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:51
  12. Numerous previous research have established the need for spiritual care among patients with cancer globally. Nevertheless, there was limited research, primarily qualitative, on the spiritual care needs of Chin...

    Authors: Zhangyi Wang, Xiaochun Tang, Liping Li, Huifang Zhou, Yue Zhu, Lamei Chen, Tao Su, Mengru Liu, Xiaoli Pang, Xiaoke Yi, Li Liu, Jingjing Liu and Mengsu Liu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:50
  13. Communication disorders are a challenge that many patients in palliative care (PC) may encounter. This intervention area is emerging for the speech-language therapist (SLT), the professional who works in preve...

    Authors: Cátia Dias, Inês Tello Rodrigues, Hernâni Gonçalves and Ivone Duarte
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:49
  14. EM Talk is a communication skills training program designed to improve emergency providers’ serious illness conversational skills. Using the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-...

    Authors: Oluwaseun Adeyemi, Alexander D. Ginsburg, Regina Kaur, Allison M. Cuthel, Nicole Zhao, Nina Siman, Keith S Goldfeld, Lillian Liang Emlet, Charles DiMaggio, Rebecca Liddicoat Yamarik, Jean-Baptiste Bouillon-Minois, Joshua Chodosh and Corita R. Grudzen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:48
  15. The fear of death is a common experience among healthcare students and professionals that may impact the quality of care provided to patients, particularly those receiving palliative care. The Collett-Lester F...

    Authors: Daniel Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Inmaculada López-Leiva, Stella Martín-de-las-Heras, Leticia Rubio and Jaime Martín-Martín
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:47
  16. Older people account heavily for palliative care needs at the population level and are growing in number as the population ages. There is relatively little high-quality data on symptom burden and quality of li...

    Authors: Bridget M. Johnston, Mary Miller, Charles Normand, Magnolia Cardona, Peter May and Aoife C. Lowney
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:46
  17. Barriers to accessing hospice and palliative care have been well studied. An important yet less researched area is why people approaching the end-of-life decline a referral when they are offered services. This...

    Authors: Jessica Young, Antonia Lyons, Richard Egan and Kevin Dew
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:45
  18. The aim of advance care planning (ACP) is to enable patients to define and discuss their values and preferences to ensure that the care they receive is consistent with their needs and wishes. Most studies of A...

    Authors: Line Elida Festvåg, Beate Lie Sverre, Ørnulf Paulsen and Grethe Eilertsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:44
  19. Few studies have examined the spiritual environment of parents of children receiving palliative care in Southern European countries, which are mostly characterized by secularization (or the abandonment of trad...

    Authors: Pau Miquel, Ignasi Clemente and Mario Ciccorossi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:43
  20. In the intensive care unit (ICU), we may encounter patients who have completed a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) or a Physician Orders to Stop Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) document. However, the characteristics ...

    Authors: Song-I Lee, Ye-Rin Ju, Da Hyun Kang and Jeong Eun Lee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:42
  21. Spain currently lacks a competency framework for palliative care nursing. Having such a framework would help to advance this field in academic, governmental, and health management contexts. In phase I of a mix...

    Authors: Lourdes Guanter-Peris, Eulàlia Alburquerque-Medina, Montserrat Solà-Pola and Margarida Pla
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:41
  22. Developments in digital health have the potential to create new opportunities for healthcare professionals support delivery of palliative care. Globally, many palliative care professionals used digital health ...

    Authors: Sarah Stanley, Anne Finucane, Anthony Thompson and Amara Callistus Nwosu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:40
  23. Patients with incurable cancer are frequently hospitalized within their last 30 days of life (DOL) due to numerous symptoms and concerns. These hospitalizations can be burdensome for the patient and the caregi...

    Authors: J. Singh, E. K. Grov, M. Turzer and A. Stensvold
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:39
  24. There is widespread agreement about the importance of spiritual training programs (STPs) for healthcare professionals caring for cancer patients, and that reflecting on one’s spirituality is the first step. He...

    Authors: Silvia Tanzi, Giovanna Artioli, Elisabetta Bertocchi, Giulietta Luul Balestra, Luca Ghirotto, Mario Cagna, Filippo Laurenti and Simona Sacchi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:38
  25. In March 2020, the outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus was declared a pandemic, resulting in numerous fatalities worldwide. To effectively combat the virus, it would be beneficial to involve professionals ...

    Authors: João Luís Rodrigues-Ribeiro, Luísa Castro, Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro and Rui Nunes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:37
  26. Patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies residing in low-middle-income countries undergo significant physical and psychological stressors. Despite this, only 16% of them receive proper care during th...

    Authors: Mohammad M. Alnaeem, Anas Shehadeh and Abdulqadir J. Nashwan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:36
  27. Supportive end-of-life care plays a significant role for patients with cancer. Significantly, art and aesthetics in nursing are regarded as key components of nursing practice. They may contribute to supportive...

    Authors: Sina Shahmohammadi, Parvin Mangolian shahrbabaki, Maryam Radmehr and Sedigheh Khodabandeh Shahraki
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:34
  28. Informal carers of terminally ill patients play a vital role in providing palliative care at home, which impacts on their pre- and post-death bereavement experience and presents an up to 50% greater risk for m...

    Authors: Tracey McConnell, Kathryn Gillespie, Noah Potvin, Audrey Roulston, Jenny Kirkwood, Daniel Thomas, Angela McCullagh, Lorna Roche, Marcella O’Sullivan, Kate Binnie, Amy Clements-Cortés, Lauren DiMaio, Zara Thompson, Giorgos Tsiris, Ranka Radulovic and Lisa Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:33
  29. Variation persists in the quality of end-of-life-care (EOLC) for people with cancer. This study aims to describe the characteristics of, and examine factors associated with, indicators of potentially burdensom...

    Authors: Rebecca J Mitchell, Geoffrey P Delaney, Gaston Arnolda, Winston Liauw, Jane L Phillips, Reidar P Lystad, Reema Harrison and Jeffrey Braithwaite
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:32
  30. In 2020, the Global Cancer Observatory reported 280,000 cases of childhood cancer worldwide, with a higher burden of disease and mortality rates in low- and middle-income countries. In 2022, the National Insti...

    Authors: María Isabel Cuervo-Suarez, Daniela Cleves, Natalia Duque-Nieto, Angélica Claros-Hulbert, Karen Molina-Gómez, Jhon Edwar Bolaños-Lopez, María Elena Tello-Cajiao, Justin N Baker, Michael J. McNeil and Ximena García-Quintero
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:31
  31. Improving palliative and end-of-life care for people with dementia is a growing priority globally. This study aimed to integrate multiple perspectives on end-of-life care for people with dementia and carers, t...

    Authors: Zoi Triandafilidis, Sally Carr, Daneill Davis, Sarah Yeun-Sim Jeong, Jacinta Hensby, Daniel Wong, John Attia and Nicholas Goodwin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:30
  32. Specialist palliative care is often provided late in the patient’s disease trajectory in response to uncontrolled symptoms. Shifting from this reactionary illness-stress paradigm to a proactive health-wellness...

    Authors: Yu Ke, Yin Bun Cheung, Marie Bakitas, J. Nicholas Odom, Elaine Lum, Daniel Shao Weng Tan, Tira J. Tan, Eric Finkelstein, Hong Choon Oh, Siqin Zhou and Grace Meijuan Yang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:29
  33. Access to palliative care is often limited for challenging and vulnerable groups, including persons with substance use disorders. However, with optimized healthcare options and liberal substitution policies, t...

    Authors: Laura Marti, Ellen Hünerwadel, Bigna Hut, Sebastian M. Christ, Fabienne Däster, Markus Schettle, Annina Seiler, David Blum and Caroline Hertler
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:28
  34. Patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) could have palliative care (PC) needs because of unmet needs such as dyspnoea. This may lead to anxiety and may have an impact on patients’ abi...

    Authors: Simen A. Steindal, Kristin Hofsø, Hanne Aagaard, Kari L. Mariussen, Brith Andresen, Vivi L. Christensen, Kristin Heggdal, Marte-Marie Wallander Karlsen, Monica E. Kvande, Nina M. Kynø, Anne Kathrine Langerud, Mari Oma Ohnstad, Kari Sørensen and Marie Hamilton Larsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:27
  35. Clinical practice guidelines emphasize shared decision-making for kidney replacement treatment, yet little is known about the influence of cultural differences on that process. We undertook a retrospective cha...

    Authors: Abigail L. Lebovitz, Steven A. Schwab, Michelle M. Richardson, Klemens B. Meyer, Benjamin Sweigart and Tamara Vesel
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:25
  36. While palliative care for patients with heart failure has gained global attention, in Iran most palliative care interventions have focused only on cancer patients. The purpose of this study is to determine the...

    Authors: Arvin Mirshahi, Marie Bakitas, Meysam Khoshavi, Ali Khanipour-Kencha, Seyed Mohammad Riahi, Rachel Wells, J. Nicholas Odom, Shahrzad Ghiyasvandian and Masoumeh Zakerimoghadam
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:22
  37. This study aimed to assess the impact of the Nursing Spiritual Care Module on the competence of nurses in providing spiritual care in the context of Malaysia.

    Authors: Ali H. Abusafia, Adam Mahmoud Salameh Khraisat, Ola K. Tableb, Khalid Al-Mugheed, Amany Anwar Alabdullah and Sally Mohammed Farghaly Abdelaliem
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:21
  38. The aim of the study was to demonstrate whether the care burden of caregivers of bedridden patients, who experience feeding difficulties, decreases according to the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)...

    Authors: Gökmen Özceylan and İnahet Findik
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:20
  39. Currently, a conclusive experience on the uniform implementation and benefits of day hospice structures and interventions is lacking in Germany. The following questions should be clarified: (1) Which structura...

    Authors: Ulrich Kaiser, Ursula Vehling-Kaiser, Ana Hoffmann, Moritz Fiedler, Alexandra Hofbauer, Michael Rechenmacher, Anne Benning, Michael Koller and Florian Kaiser
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:18
  40. Fewer than 1 in 20 people on the African continent in need of palliative care receive it. Malawi is a low-income country in sub-Saharan Africa that has yet to achieve advanced palliative care integration accom...

    Authors: Fatia Kiyange, Mackuline Atieno, Emmanuel B. K. Luyirika, Zipporah Ali, Helena Musau, Lameck Thambo, John Y. Rhee, Eve Namisango and William E. Rosa
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:17
  41. Despite being driven by a strong sense of duty and familial obligation, providing care for patients nearing the end of life poses challenges for family caregivers. Telemedicine has rapidly gained traction as a...

    Authors: Junchen Guo, Xianghua Xu, Chaoyi Liu, Ying Wang and Yongyi Chen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:16
  42. Family caregivers are essential in end-of-life care for cancer patients who wish to die at home. The knowledge is still limited regarding family caregivers needs and preferences for support and whether the pre...

    Authors: Toril Merete Nysaeter, Cecilia Olsson, Tuva Sandsdalen, Reidun Hov and Maria Larsson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:15
  43. Bereavement experience is shaped by cultural and social contexts. No systematically constructed reviews were identified to explore the bereavement experience for people who are influenced by Chinese culture va...

    Authors: Hui-Ju Liang, Qian Xiong, Bader Nael Remawi and Nancy Preston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:14
  44. In this study, we aimed to assess the clinical characteristics, reasons for referral, and outcomes of patients with brain metastases (BM) referred to the supportive care center.

    Authors: Rebecca A. Harrison, Michael Tang, Kaoswi Karina Shih, Maria Khan, Lily Pham, Aline Rozman De Moraes, Barbara J. O’Brien, Roland Bassett and Eduardo Bruera
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:13
  45. One measure of quality in palliative care involves ensuring people approaching the end of life are able to receive care, and ultimately die, in the places they choose. Canadian palliative care policy directive...

    Authors: Kelli I. Stajduhar, Melissa Giesbrecht, Ashley Mollison, Kara Whitlock, Piotr Burek, Fraser Black, Jill Gerke, Naheed Dosani and Simon Colgan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:12

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