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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. The focus of Specialized Palliative Care (SPC) is to improve care for patients with incurable diseases and their families, which includes the opportunity to make their own choice of place of care and ultimatel...

    Authors: Mie Nordly, Kirstine Skov Benthien, Hans Von Der Maase, Christoffer Johansen, Marie Kruse, Helle Timm, Eva Soelberg Vadstrup, Geana Paula Kurita, Annika Berglind von Heymann-Horan and Per Sjøgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:44

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Palliative care is a vital component of patient-centered care. It has increasingly become central to the management and care of seriously ill patients by integrating physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suppo...

    Authors: Christina Slota, Connie M Ulrich, Claiborne Miller-Davis, Karen Baker and Gwenyth R Wallen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:43

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is one of the major symptoms in palliative care with a prevalence of 30-50%. Methylnaltrexone for the treatment of OIC is significantly more effective than placebo, but only i...

    Authors: Elisabeth CW Neefjes, Maurice JDL van der Vorst, Manon SA Boddaert, Wouter WA Zuurmond, Hans J van der Vliet, Aart Beeker, Hendrik P van den Berg, Cornelis J van Groeningen, Suzan Vrijaldenhoven and Henk MW Verheul

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:42

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. The aims of this study were: 1) to assess the frequency of insomnia among patients during admission in a Palliative Care Unit (PCU); 2) to study the association between emotional distress and insomnia, taking ...

    Authors: Anna Renom-Guiteras, José Planas, Cristina Farriols, Sergi Mojal, Ramón Miralles, Maria A Silvent and Ada I Ruiz-Ripoll

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:40

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Pain in advanced cancer is complex and multifaceted. In older patients comorbidities and age-related functional decline add to the difficulties in managing cancer pain. The current emphasis on care in the comm...

    Authors: Christine J McPherson, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Alana Devereaux and Michelle M Lobchuk

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:39

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Despite research efforts over recent decades to deepen our understanding of why some terminally ill patients express a wish to die (WTD), there is broad consensus that we need more detailed knowledge about the...

    Authors: Kathrin Ohnsorge, Heike Gudat and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:38

    Content type: Research article

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  9. We evaluated end of life care services in two English counties including: coordination centres, telephone advice line, ‘Discharge in Reach’ nurses, a specialist community personal care team and community nurse...

    Authors: Lesley Wye, Gemma Lasseter, John Percival, Lorna Duncan, Bethany Simmonds and Sarah Purdy

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:37

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In 2009 two randomised cluster trials took place to assess the introduction of the Italian Version of the Liverpool Care Pathway in hospitals and hospices. Before and after data were gathered. The primary aim ...

    Authors: Emily West, Vittoria Romoli, Silvia Di Leo, Irene J Higginson, Guido Miccinesi and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:36

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Hospice palliative care (HPC) is a philosophy of care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for clients with life-threatening illnesses or end of life issues. The goals of HPC are not ...

    Authors: Lialoma Salam-White, John P Hirdes, Jeffrey W Poss and Jane Blums

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:35

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Sedation in palliative care has received growing attention in recent years; and so have guidelines, position statements, and related literature that provide recommendations for its practice. Yet little is know...

    Authors: Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens and Lieve Van Den Block

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:34

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Lower socioeconomic populations live and die in contexts that render them vulnerable to poorer health and wellbeing. Contexts of care at the end of life are overwhelmingly determined by the capacity and nature...

    Authors: Joanne M Lewis, Michelle DiGiacomo, David C Currow and Patricia M Davidson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:30

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Advances in technology have made the use of telehealth in the home setting a feasible option for palliative care clinicians to provide clinical care and support. However, despite being widely available and acc...

    Authors: Natalie K Bradford, Jeanine Young, Nigel R Armfield, Anthony Herbert and Anthony C Smith

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:29

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Many people around the world are getting cancer and living longer with the disease. Thanks to improved treatment options in healthcare, patients diagnosed with advanced gastrointestinal cancer can increasingly...

    Authors: Magdalena Karlsson, Febe Friberg, Catarina Wallengren and Joakim Öhlén

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:28

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ) is an assessment tool used to evaluate patients’ perspectives of their doctor’s communication and interpersonal skills. The present pilot study investigated whether...

    Authors: Kate ME Henriksen, Naomi Heller, Anne M Finucane and David Oxenham

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:27

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Improving end-of-life care is an important international issue. Recently Nova Scotia researchers conducted a mortality follow-back survey to provide a population-based description of care provided to adults du...

    Authors: Fred Burge, Beverley Lawson, Grace Johnston, Yukiko Asada, Paul F McIntyre, Eva Grunfeld and Gordon Flowerdew

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:25

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Most people die of non-malignant disease, but most patients of specialist palliative care services have cancer. Adequate end of life care for people with non-malignant disease requires acknowledgement of their...

    Authors: Geoffrey Mitchell, Jianzhen Zhang, Letitia Burridge, Hugh Senior, Elizabeth Miller, Sharleen Young, Maria Donald and Claire Jackson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:24

    Content type: Research article

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  19. To determine the feasibility and acceptability of lower limb neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) as a home-based exercise therapy in patients with cancer who could not attend hospital-based exercise tr...

    Authors: Tamara Windholz, Tara Swanson, Brandy L Vanderbyl and R Thomas Jagoe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:23

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:33

  20. Family carers play an essential role in providing end-of-life care to their relatives but have been found to experience uncertainty and a lack of confidence in fulfilling their caregiving roles, prompting rece...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:22

    Content type: Research article

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  21. While a number of reviews have explored the attitude of health professionals toward euthanasia, none of them documented their motivations to practice euthanasia. The objective of the present systematic review ...

    Authors: Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Mireille Lavoie, Pawel Krol and Marianne Olivier-D’Avignon

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:20

    Content type: Research article

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  22. As professional spiritual care (chaplaincy) is introduced to new cultures worldwide, it bears examining which elements of screening and care are universal and, for those elements showing cultural difference, t...

    Authors: Michael Schultz, Doron Lulav-Grinwald and Gil Bar-Sela

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:19

    Content type: Research article

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  23. In recent years, music therapy is increasingly used in palliative care. The aim of this pilot study was to record and describe the subjective experiences of patients and their relatives undergoing music therap...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Cordula Dietrich, Bernhard Deutz, Nadine Mittring and Claudia M Witt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:18

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), which assesses level of sedation and agitation, is a simple observational instrument which was developed and validated for the intensive care setting. Although use...

    Authors: Shirley H Bush, Pamela A Grassau, Michelle N Yarmo, Tinghua Zhang, Samantha J Zinkie and José L Pereira

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:17

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Since many patients spend most of the time at home at the end of life, this may affect the burden for family carers and constitute a risk factor for the patients’ hospitalisation. This study aimed to explore f...

    Authors: Maria C De Korte-Verhoef, H Roeline W Pasman, Bart PM Schweitzer, Anneke L Francke, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:16

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Cancer-related pain continues to be a major healthcare issue worldwide. Despite the availability of effective analgesic drugs, published guidelines and educational programs for Health Care Professionals (HCPs)...

    Authors: Carla Ida Ripamonti, Cesarina Prandi, Massimo Costantini, Elisa Perfetti, Fabio Pellegrini, Marco Visentin, Lorenza Garrino, Anna De Luca, Maria Adelaide Pessi and Carlo Peruselli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:15

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. While cancer patients have higher oxidative stress (OS) and lower antioxidant activity, evidence for the association of these parameters with survival in patients with terminally ill cancer is lacking.

    Authors: Chang Hwan Yeom, Youn Seon Choi, Hong Yup Ahn, Su Hey Lee and In Cheol Hwang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:14

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Place of death represents an important indicator for end-of-life care policy making and is related to the quality of life of patients and their families. The aim of the paper is to analyse the place of death i...

    Authors: Martin Loucka, Sheila A Payne and Sarah G Brearley

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:13

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Dignity therapy is a brief psychotherapy that has been shown to enhance the end of life experience. Dignity therapy often involves family carers to support patients weakened by illness and family carers are al...

    Authors: Brenda Bentley, Moira O’Connor, Lauren J Breen and Robert Kane

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:12

    Content type: Research article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:19

  30. In Germany, patients severely affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) do not routinely come into contact with palliative care, even if possibly beneficial. This study was aimed at investigating how severely affect...

    Authors: Heidrun Golla, Maren Galushko, Holger Pfaff and Raymond Voltz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:11

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Depression in palliative care patients is important because of its intrinsic burden and association with elevated physical symptoms, reduced immunity and increased mortality risk. Identifying risk factors asso...

    Authors: Kathryn A Fisher, Hsien Seow, Kevin Brazil, Shannon Freeman, Trevor Frise Smith and Dawn M Guthrie

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:10

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  32. Parents of seriously ill children participate in making difficult medical decisions for their child. In some cases, parents face situations where their initial goals, such as curing the condition, may have bec...

    Authors: Douglas L Hill, Victoria Miller, Jennifer K Walter, Karen W Carroll, Wynne E Morrison, David A Munson, Tammy I Kang, Pamela S Hinds and Chris Feudtner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:9

    Content type: Debate

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  33. To provide quality care at the end of life or for chronically sick patients, nurses must have good knowledge, attitude and practice about palliative care (PC). In Ethiopia PC is new and very little is known ab...

    Authors: Hiwot Kassa, Rajalakshmi Murugan, Fissiha Zewdu, Mignote Hailu and Desalegn Woldeyohannes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:6

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The nationwide integration of palliative care best practices into general care settings is challenging but important in improving the quality of palliative care. This is why the Dutch National Quality Improvem...

    Authors: Natasja JH Raijmakers, Jolien M Hofstede, Ellen JM de Nijs, Luc Deliens and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. End-of-life care needs are great in Africa due to the burden of disease. This study aimed to explore public preferences and priorities for end-of-life care in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Authors: Julia Downing, Barbara Gomes, Nancy Gikaara, Grace Munene, Barbara A Daveson, Richard A Powell, Faith N Mwangi-Powell, Irene J Higginson and Richard Harding

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:4

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Volunteers make a major contribution to palliative patient care, and qualitative studies have been undertaken to explore their involvement. With the aim of making connections between existing studies to derive...

    Authors: Rachel Burbeck, Bridget Candy, Joe Low and Rebecca Rees

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:3

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The terminally ill person’s autonomy and control are important in preserving the quality of life in situations of unbearable suffering. Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) at the end of life has b...

    Authors: Nataša Ivanović, Daniel Büche and André Fringer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:1

    Content type: Research article

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  38. This paper focuses on the qualitative component of a study evaluating a hope intervention, entitled Living with Hope Program (LWHP), designed to foster hope in female caregivers of family members living with a...

    Authors: Allison Williams, Wendy Duggleby, Jeanette Eby, Reverend Dan Cooper, Lars K Hallstrom, Lorraine Holtslander and Roanne Thomas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:44

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Children’s palliative care services are developing. Rational service development requires sound epidemiological data that are difficult to obtain owing to ambiguity in the definitions both of the population wh...

    Authors: Richard Hain, Mary Devins, Richard Hastings and Jayne Noyes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:43

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The reasons patients with haematological malignancies die in hospital more often than those with other cancers is the subject of much speculation. We examined variations in place of death by disease sub-type a...

    Authors: Debra A Howell, Han-I Wang, Alexandra G Smith, Martin R Howard, Russell D Patmore and Eve Roman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:42

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Although pain is frequently experienced by patients with cancer, it remains under-treated. The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of cancer-related neuropathic pain (CRNP) in patients wit...

    Authors: Cristina Garzón-Rodríguez, Leonidas Lyras, Luis Olay Gayoso, Juan M Sepúlveda, Epaminondas Samantas, Uwe Pelzer, Sarah Bowen, Chantal van Litsenburg and Mette Strand

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:41

    Content type: Research article

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