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  1. Case managers have been introduced in Dutch primary palliative care; these are nurses with expertise in palliative care who offer support to patients and informal carers in addition to the care provided by the...

    Authors: Annicka GM van der Plas, Anneke L Francke, Kris C Vissers, Wim JJ Jansen, Luc Deliens and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:31

    Content type: Research article

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  2. End-stage renal disease carries a prognosis similar to cancer yet only 20 % of end-stage renal disease patients are referred to hospice. Furthermore, conversations between dialysis team members and patients ab...

    Authors: Nwamaka D. Eneanya, Sarah L. Goff, Talaya Martinez, Natalie Gutierrez, Jamie Klingensmith, John L. Griffith, Casey Garvey, Jenny Kitsen, Michael J. Germain, Lisa Marr, Joan Berzoff, Mark Unruh and Lewis M. Cohen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:30

    Content type: Study protocol

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  3. 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

    Content type: Correspondence

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  4. Most people prefer to receive end-of-life care in familiar surroundings rather than in hospital. This study examines variation in place of death for people dying from Parkinson’s disease (PD) across 11 Europea...

    Authors: Katrien Moens, Dirk Houttekier, Lieve Van den Block, Richard Harding, Lucas Morin, Stefano Marchetti, Agnes Csikos, Martin Loucka, Wayne A Naylor, Donna M Wilson, Joan Teno, Marylou Cardenas-Turanzas, YongJoo Rhee, Francisco Javier Garcia-Leon, Luc Deliens and Joachim Cohen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:28

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process whereby values and goals are sensitively explored and documented to uphold patients’ wishes should they become incompetent to make decisions in the future. Evidenced-ba...

    Authors: Natasha Michael, Clare O’Callaghan, Angela Baird, Karla Gough, Mei Krishnasamy, Nathaniel Hiscock and Josephine Clayton

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:27

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The design of environments in which people with dementia live should be understandable, reinforce personal identity and maintain their abilities. The focus on supporting people with dementia to live well has o...

    Authors: Richard Fleming, Fiona Kelly and Gillian Stillfried

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:26

    Content type: Research article

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  7. An increased number of emergency visits at the end of life may indicate poor-quality cancer care. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and utilization of emergency visits and to explore the reasons fo...

    Authors: Yi-Hui Lee, Dachen Chu, Nan-Ping Yang, Chien-Lung Chan, Shun-Ping Cheng, Jih-Tung Pai and Nien-Tzu Chang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:25

    Content type: Research article

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  8. The effects of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) have never been investigated in older patients dying in acute geriatric hospital wards and its content and implementation have never been adapted to this specifi...

    Authors: Rebecca Verhofstede, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Massimo Costantini, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Agnes van der Heide and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:24

    Content type: Research article

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  9. There is an increasing international policy direction to promote home death for dying patients which will impact on the demands placed on family carers. The early identification of carer needs and appropriate ...

    Authors: Katherine Knighting, Mary R O’Brien, Brenda Roe, Rob Gandy, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Mike Nolan and Barbara A Jack

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:22

    Content type: Research article

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  10. One essential element of research is the successful recruitment of participants. However, concerns are obvious regarding the ethical implications of involving terminally ill and even dying patients and their i...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Maria Heckel, Sonja Bussmann, Martin Weber and Christoph Ostgathe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:21

    Content type: Research article

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  11. There are many potential benefits to chaplaincy in transforming into a “research-informed” profession. However little is known or has been documented about the roles of chaplains on research teams and as resea...

    Authors: Allison Kestenbaum, Jennifer James, Stefana Morgan, Michele Shields, Will Hocker, Michael Rabow and Laura B Dunn

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:20

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The information needs of parents facing end-of-life decisions for their child are complex due to the wide-ranging dimensions within which such significant events unfold. While parents acknowledge that healthca...

    Authors: Vicki Xafis, Dominic Wilkinson and Jane Sullivan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:19

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The clinical course for hematologic malignancy varies widely and no prognostic tool is available for patients with a hematologic malignancy under palliative care. To assess the application of the Palliative Pr...

    Authors: Wen-Chi Chou, Chen-Yi Kao, Po-Nan Wang, Hung Chang, Hung-Ming Wang, Pei-Hung Chang, Kun-Yun Yeh and Yu-Shin Hung

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:18

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The challenge of an ageing population and consequential increase of long term conditions means that the number of people requiring palliative care services is set to increase. One UK hospice is introducing new...

    Authors: Steven M Arris, Deborah A Fitzsimmons and Susan Mawson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:17

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Family caregivers in palliative care have a need for knowledge and support from health professionals, resulting in the need for educational and supportive interventions. However, research has mainly focused on...

    Authors: Maja Holm, Ida Carlander, Carl-Johan Fürst, Yvonne Wengström, Kristofer Årestedt, Joakim Öhlen and Anette Henriksson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:16

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of planning for future healthcare that is facilitated by a trained healthcare professional, whereby a person’s values, beliefs and treatment preferences are made know...

    Authors: Marcus Sellars, Karen M Detering and William Silvester

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:15

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Advance care planning (ACP) facilitates communication and understanding of preferences, nevertheless the use of ACPs in primary care is low. The uncertain course of dementia and the inability to communicate wi...

    Authors: Kevin Brazil, Gillian Carter, Karen Galway, Max Watson and Jenny T van der Steen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:14

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Illness attributions, particularly for those living with life limiting illnesses, are associated with emotional adjustment or psychological distress. Few studies have examined attributions among people severel...

    Authors: Jonathan Koffman, Cassie Goddard, Wei Gao, Diana Jackson, Pauline Shaw, Rachel Burman, Irene J Higginson and Eli Silber

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:13

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Despite recognition of the centrality of professional board-certified chaplains (BCC) in palliative care, the discipline has little research to guide its practices. To help address this limitation, HealthCare ...

    Authors: Richard A Powell, Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, John Lantos, Laura B Dunn, Ellen L Idler, Diane J Wilkie, Kevin Massey, William T Summerfelt, Marilyn JD Barnes, Tammie E Quest, Allison Kestenbaum, Karen Steinhauser, George Fitchett, Angelika Zollfrank, Annette K Olsen…

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:12

    Content type: Research article

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  20. More people die in hospital than in any other setting which is why it is important to study the outcomes of hospital care at end of life. This study analyses what influenced outcomes in a sample of patients wh...

    Authors: Kieran McKeown, Trutz Haase, Jonathan Pratschke, Shelagh Twomey, Helen Donovan and Feline Engling

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:11

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Chaplains are increasingly seen as key members of interdisciplinary palliative care teams, yet the specific interventions and hoped for outcomes of their work are poorly understood. This project served to deve...

    Authors: Kevin Massey, Marilyn JD Barnes, Dana Villines, Julie D Goldstein, Anna Lee Hisey Pierson, Cheryl Scherer, Betty Vander Laan and Wm Thomas Summerfelt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:10

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Providing person-centred, dignity-conserving care for hospitalised patients is central to many healthcare policies and essential to the provision of effective palliative care. The Patient Dignity Question (PDQ) “

    Authors: Bridget Johnston, Jan Pringle, Marion Gaffney, Melanie Narayanasamy, Margaret McGuire and Deans Buchanan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:9

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Dignity Therapy (DT), an intervention for people facing serious illness, focuses on dignity conservation tasks such as settling relationships, sharing words of love, and preparing a legacy document for loved o...

    Authors: George Fitchett, Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, Lara Boyken and Diana J Wilkie

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:8

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Many patients wish to stay at home during the terminal stage of cancer. However, there is concern that medical care provided at home may negatively affect survival. This study therefore explored whether the su...

    Authors: Nozomu Murakami, Kouichi Tanabe, Tatsuya Morita, Shinichi Kadoya, Masanari Shimada, Kaname Ishiguro, Naoki Endo, Koichiro Sawada, Yasunaga Fujikawa, Rumi Takashima, Yoko Amemiya, Hiroyuki Iida, Shiro Koseki, Hatsuna Yasuda and Tatsuhiko Kashii

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:7

    Content type: Research article

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  25. There are a number of studies dedicated to characteristics of sedation, but these studies are mostly bound to western country practices. The aim of this study is to describe the characteristics of patients who...

    Authors: Xiaoli Gu, Wenwu Cheng, Menglei Chen, Minghui Liu and Zhe Zhang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:5

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The use of chemotherapy in advanced cancer patients has increased with the development of novel, high-efficacy anticancer therapeutic agents. In the current study, we analyzed the 10-year trends in patients re...

    Authors: Hee Seung Lee, Kyeong Hyeon Chun, Dochang Moon, Hahn Kyu yeon, Sanghoon Lee and SooHyeon Lee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:4

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Understanding the predictors of a quick death following diagnosis may improve timely access to palliative care. The objective of this study was to explore whether factors in the 24 months prior to a colorectal...

    Authors: Robin Urquhart, Grace Johnston, Mohamed Abdolell and Geoff A Porter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:2

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Conversations about end-of-life care remain challenging for health care providers. The tendency to delay conversations about care options represents a barrier that impedes the ability of terminally-ill patient...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Bélanger, Charo Rodríguez, Danielle Groleau, France Légaré, Mary Ellen Macdonald and Robert Marchand

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:63

    Content type: Research article

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  29. An international discussion about whether or not to legally permit euthanasia and (or) physician assisted suicide (EAS) is ongoing. Unbearable suffering in patients may result in a request for EAS. In the Neth...

    Authors: Cees DM Ruijs, Gerrit van der Wal, Ad JFM Kerkhof and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:62

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Spiritual caregiving is part of palliative care and may contribute to well being at the end of life. However, it is a neglected area in the care and treatment of patients with dementia. We aimed to examine pre...

    Authors: Jenny T van der Steen, Marie-José HE Gijsberts, Cees MPM Hertogh and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:61

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Music therapy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in different palliative care settings. Despite its long tradition and high acceptance by other health-care professionals, evidence on th...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Jens Kessler, Julian Koenig, Alexander F Wormit, Thomas K Hillecke and Hubert J Bardenheuer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:60

    Content type: Study protocol

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  32. The interRAI Palliative Care (interRAI PC) assessment instrument provides a standardized, comprehensive means to identify person-specific need and supports clinicians to address important factors such as aspec...

    Authors: Shannon Freeman, John P Hirdes, Paul Stolee, John Garcia, Trevor Frise Smith, Knight Steel and John N Morris

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:58

    Content type: Research article

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  33. During the last few decades, patients’ rights have been reinforced in many countries by acts of law. Measures now include health care proxies to uphold the doctor-patient relationship and advance directives fo...

    Authors: Sophie Trarieux-Signol, Stéphane Moreau, Marie-Pierre Gourin, Amélie Penot, Geoffroy Edoux de Lafont, Pierre-Marie Preux and Dominique Bordessoule

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:57

    Content type: Research article

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  34. We undertook a modified systematic review of research regarding educational approaches to and effectiveness of pre-registration palliative care nursing, to inform the development of a short course in palliativ...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Jane Seymour and Karen Cox

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:56

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The initiation of end of life care in an acute stroke context should be focused on those patients and families with greatest need. This requires clinicians to synthesise information on prognosis, patterns (tra...

    Authors: Christopher R Burton, Sheila Payne, Mary Turner, Tracey Bucknall, Jo Rycroft-Malone, Pippa Tyrrell, Maria Horne, Lupetu Ives Ntambwe, Sarah Tyson, Helen Mitchell, Sion Williams and Salah Elghenzai

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:55

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. Repeated and long hospitalizations of cancer patients at the end of life have been suggested as indicators of low quality of palliative care. Comparing the care delivered between different countries with the h...

    Authors: Maaike L De Roo, Anneke L Francke, Lieve Van den Block, Gé A Donker, Jose E Lozano Alonso, Guido Miccinesi, Sarah Moreels, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Andrea Salvetti and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:54

    Content type: Research article

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  37. In the current public debate in France about end-of-life and legalization of euthanasia, palliative care is considered as a suitable answer or an alternative or even a supplement to euthanasia. The debate is b...

    Authors: Frédéric Guirimand, Etienne Dubois, Lucy Laporte, Jean-François Richard and Danièle Leboul

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:53

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The number of people living with advanced cancer and chronic disease has increased worldwide. Many of these patients could benefit from palliative care, focusing on optimising the quality of life of patients a...

    Authors: Marlieke van der Eerden, Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Sean Hughes, Lukas Radbruch, Johan Menten, Jeroen Hasselaar and Marieke Groot

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:52

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. An increasing number of patients receive palliative chemotherapy near the end of life. The aim of this study is to evaluate the aggressiveness of chemotherapy in Turkish individuals near the end of life.

    Authors: Sema Sezgin Goksu, Seyda Gunduz, Dilek Unal, Mukremin Uysal, Deniz Arslan, Ali M Tatlı, Hakan Bozcuk, Mustafa Ozdogan and Hasan S Coskun

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:51

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The use of palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is variable in advanced cancer. Little is known about PRT utilization by end-of-life (EOL) cancer patients in Canada. This study examined the PRT utilization rates and ...

    Authors: Jin Huang, Elaine S Wai, Francis Lau and Paul A Blood

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:49

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Care homes are increasingly becoming places where people spend the final stages of their lives and eventually die. This trend is expected to continue due to population ageing, yet little is known about public ...

    Authors: Natalia Calanzani, Katrien Moens, Joachim Cohen, Irene J Higginson, Richard Harding, Luc Deliens, Franco Toscani, Pedro L Ferreira, Claudia Bausewein, Barbara A Daveson, Marjolein Gysels, Lucas Ceulemans and Barbara Gomes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:48

    Content type: Research article

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  42. COPD is a progressive lung disorder with rates of mortality between 36–50%, within 2 years after admission for an acute exacerbation. While treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and steroids may partially rel...

    Authors: Catherine Weber, Jerome Stirnemann, François R Herrmann, Sophie Pautex and Jean- Paul Janssens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:47

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. The effectiveness and safety of switch from oral oxycodone to fentanyl patch is little known. Here, we investigated if early phase opioid switch from low dose of oral oxycodone to transdermal fentanyl matrix p...

    Authors: Seigo Minami, Takashi Kijima, Takeshi Nakatani, Suguru Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Ogata, Haruhiko Hirata, Takayuki Shiroyama, Taro Koba and Kiyoshi Komuta

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:46

    Content type: Research article

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  44. A minority of patients with incurable and advanced disease receive specialised palliative care. Specialised palliative care services that complement the care of difficult and complex cases ought to be integrat...

    Authors: Joachim Erlenwein, Almut Geyer, Julia Schlink, Frank Petzke, Friedemann Nauck and Bernd Alt-Epping

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:45

    Content type: Research article

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