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  1. Hypoventilation due to respiratory muscle atrophy is the most common cause of death as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Patients aged over 65 years and presenting bulbar symptoms are likely to ...

    Authors: Waltteri Siirala, Riku Aantaa, Klaus T Olkkola, Tarja Saaresranta and Arno Vuori

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:23

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Although meta-analyses have demonstrated that physical activity can positively impact quality of life outcomes in early stage cancer patients, it is not yet known whether these benefits can be extended to pati...

    Authors: Sonya S Lowe, Sharon M Watanabe, Vickie E Baracos and Kerry S Courneya

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:22

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) territory strokes can be disabling and may leave patients unable to swallow safely. Decisions regarding artificial nutrition and goals of care often arise in patients with severe s...

    Authors: Christa O’Hana V San Luis, Ilene Staff, Gilbert J Fortunato and Louise D McCullough

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:21

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The introduction of paediatric palliative care and referral to specialised teams still occurs late in the illness trajectory of children with life-limiting diseases. The aim of this ongoing multipart study was...

    Authors: Eva Bergstraesser, Richard D Hain and José L Pereira

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:20

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Children’s palliative care is a relatively new clinical specialty. Its nature is multi-dimensional and its delivery necessarily multi-professional. Numerous diverse public and not-for-profit organisations typi...

    Authors: Jane Noyes, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Richard P Hastings, Richard Hain, Vasiliki Totsika, Virginia Bennett, Lucie Hobson, Gareth R Davies, Ciarán Humphreys, Mary Devins, Llinos Haf Spencer and Mary Lewis

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:18

    Content type: Research article

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  6. It is estimated that 29% of deaths in Australia are caused by malignant disease each year and can be expected to increase with population ageing. In advanced cancer, the prevalence of fatigue is high at 70–90%...

    Authors: Hugh EJ Senior, Geoffrey K Mitchell, Jane Nikles, Sue-Ann Carmont, Philip J Schluter, David C Currow, Rohan Vora, Michael J Yelland, Meera Agar, Phillip D Good and Janet R Hardy

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:17

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Improving palliative care management in acute hospital settings has been identified as a priority internationally. The aim of this study was to establish the proportion of inpatients within one acute hospital ...

    Authors: Merryn Gott, Rosemary Frey, Deborah Raphael, Anne O’Callaghan, Jackie Robinson and Michal Boyd

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:15

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Dying at home is highly prevalent in Africa partly due to lack of accessibility of modern health services. In turn, limited infrastructure and health care deliveries in Africa complicate access to health servi...

    Authors: Aderaw Anteneh, Tekebash Araya and Awoke Misganaw

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:14

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Dying is inescapable yet remains a neglected issue in modern health care. The research question in this study was “what is going on in the field of dying today?” What emerged was to eventually present a ground...

    Authors: Hans O Thulesius, Helen Scott, Gert Helgesson and Niels Lynöe

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:13

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Radiation therapy is a well-recognized, effective modality used for palliative care. Most studies completed to date have endpoints of one month or greater after treatment completion. This study analyzed the re...

    Authors: Pierre Truntzer, David Atlani, Marius Pop, Jean-Baptiste Clavier, Sébastien Guihard, Catherine Schumacher and Georges Noel

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:12

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The requirement to meet the palliative needs of acute hospital populations has grown in recent years. With increasing numbers of frail older people needing hospital care as a result of both malignant and non-m...

    Authors: Tony Ryan, Christine Ingleton, Clare Gardiner, Chris Parker, Merryn Gott and Bill Noble

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:11

    Content type: Research article

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  12. To determine the international recommendations and current practices for the treatment and prevention of palliative emergencies. The primary goal of the study was to gather information from experts on their na...

    Authors: Christoph HR Wiese, Christoph L Lassen, Utz E Bartels, Mahmoud Taghavi, Saleem Elhabash, Bernhard M Graf and Gerd G Hanekop

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:10

    Content type: Research article

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  13. There is clear evidence that the full range of services required to support people dying at home are far from being implemented, either in England or elsewhere. No studies to date have attempted to identify th...

    Authors: Merryn Gott, Clare Gardiner, Christine Ingleton, Mark Cobb, Bill Noble, Michael I Bennett and Jane Seymour

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:9

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Much progress has been made in the provision of palliative care across sub-Saharan Africa, however much still remains to be done, particularly in the area of children’s palliative care (CPC). The Beacon Centre...

    Authors: Julia D Downing, Joan Marston, Casey Selwyn and Laura Ross-Gakava

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:8

    Content type: Correspondence

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  15. Home-based models of hospice and palliative care are promoted with the argument that most people prefer to die at home. We examined the heterogeneity in preferences for home death and explored, for the first t...

    Authors: Barbara Gomes, Natalia Calanzani, Marjolein Gysels, Sue Hall and Irene J Higginson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:7

    Content type: Research article

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  16. In recent years, there have been several studies, using a wide variety of methods, aimed at developing quality indicators for palliative care. In this Quality Indicators for Palliative Care study (Q-PAC study)...

    Authors: Kathleen Leemans, Joachim Cohen, Anneke L Francke, Robert Vander Stichele, Susanne JJ Claessen, Lieve Van den Block and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:6

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. The United Kingdom has led the world in the development of children’s palliative care. Over the past two decades, the illness trajectories of children with life-limiting conditions have extended with new treat...

    Authors: Jane Noyes, Richard P Hastings, Mary Lewis, Richard Hain, Virginia Bennett, Lucie Hobson and Llinos Haf Spencer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:5

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Over the last decade technology has rapidly changed the ability to provide home telehealth services. At the same time, pediatric palliative care has developed as a small, but distinct speciality. Understanding...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:4

    Content type: Research article

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  19. SAIATU is a program of specially trained in-home social assistance and companionship which, since February 2011, has provided support to end-of-life patients, enabling the delivery of better clinical care by h...

    Authors: Emilio Herrera Molina, Roberto Nuño-Solinis, Gorka Espiau Idioaga, Silvia Librada Flores, Naomi Hasson and Juan F Orueta Medía

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:3

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Levomepromazine is an antipsychotic drug that is used clinically for a variety of distressing symptoms in palliative and end-of-life care. We undertook a systematic review based on the question “What is the pu...

    Authors: Isabel Dietz, Andrea Schmitz, Ingrid Lampey and Christian Schulz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:2

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Limited decision-making capacity (DMC) of older people affects their abilities to communicate about their preferences regarding end-of-life care. In an advance directive (AD) people can write down preferences ...

    Authors: Pam J Kaspers, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Dorly JH Deeg and H Roeline W Pasman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:1

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Hypoventilation due to respiratory insufficiency is the most common cause of death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and non-invasive ventilation (NIV) can be used as a palliative treatment. The current g...

    Authors: Waltteri Siirala, Tarja Saaresranta, Arno Vuori, Sanna Salanterä, Klaus T Olkkola and Riku Aantaa

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:26

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The “Patients’ Rights and End of Life Care” Act came into force in France in 2005. It allows withholding/withdrawal of life-support treatment, and intensified use of medications that may hasten death through a...

    Authors: Sophie Pennec, Alain Monnier, Silvia Pontone and Régis Aubry

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:25

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Older patients often experience sub-standard communication in the palliative phase of illness. Due to the importance of good communication in patient-centred end-of-life care, it is essential to understand the...

    Authors: Natalie Evans, H Roeline W Pasman, Sheila A Payne, Jane Seymour, Sabine Pleschberger, Reginald Deschepper and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:24

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Recent end of life care policy prioritises patient choice over place of care and in particular promotes dying at home. This policy is predicated on the assumption that there are family carers able and willing ...

    Authors: Sheila Payne, Sarah Brearley, Christine Milligan, David Seamark, Carol Thomas, Xu Wang, Susan Blake and Mary Turner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:23

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. Palliative care should be integrated early into the care trajectories of people with life threatening illness such as stroke. However published guidance focuses primarily on the end of life, and there is a gap...

    Authors: Christopher R Burton and Sheila Payne

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:22

    Content type: Correspondence

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  27. Parental palliative disease is a family affair, however adolescent's well-being and coping are still rarely considered. The objectives of this paper were a) to identify differences in psychosocial adjustment a...

    Authors: Franziska Kühne, Thomas Krattenmacher, Corinna Bergelt, Johanna C Ernst, Hans-Henning Flechtner, Daniel Führer, Wolfgang Herzog, Kai v Klitzing, Georg Romer and Birgit Möller

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:21

    Content type: Research article

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  28. In patients with advanced, incurable cancer, anticancer treatment may be used to alleviate cancer-related symptoms, but monitoring of them in daily practice is rarely done. We aim to test the effectiveness of ...

    Authors: David Blum, Dieter Koeberle, Karin Ribi, Shu-Fang Hsu Schmitz, Urs Utiger, Dirk Klingbiel and Florian Strasser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:19

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. Development of interventions that address psychosocial and existential distress in people with motor neurone disease (MND) or that alleviate caregiver burden in MND family carers have often been suggested in t...

    Authors: Brenda Bentley, Samar M Aoun, Moira O’Connor, Lauren J Breen and Harvey Max Chochinov

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:18

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Our aim was to obtain a clearer picture of the relevant care experiences and care perceptions of incurably ill Turkish and Moroccan patients, their relatives and professional care providers, as well as of comm...

    Authors: Fuusje M de Graaff, Patriek Mistiaen, Walter LJM Devillé and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:17

    Content type: Research article

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  31. The aim of this study was to determine factors associated with the severity of cancer related fatigue (CRF) and predictors of improvement of CRF at the first follow-up visit in patients with advanced cancer re...

    Authors: Sriram Yennu, Diana L Urbauer and Eduardo Bruera

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:16

    Content type: Research article

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  32. This study explores with patients, carers and health care professionals if, when and how Advance Care Planning conversations about patients’ preferences for place of care (and death) were facilitated and docum...

    Authors: Kathryn Almack, Karen Cox, Nima Moghaddam, Kristian Pollock and Jane Seymour

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:15

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Homeless populations have complex and diverse end-of-life care needs. However, they typically die outside of the end-of-life care system. To date, few studies have explored barriers to the end-of-life care sys...

    Authors: Ryan McNeil, Manal Guirguis-Younger and Laura B Dilley

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:14

    Content type: Research article

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  34. To maintain patients’ quality of life is one of the major goals in palliative home care provided by general practitioners (GPs). GPs need adequate training to care for palliative patients. The paper seeks to e...

    Authors: Katja Hermann, Peter Engeser, Joachim Szecsenyi and Antje Miksch

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:13

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Unbearable suffering most frequently is reported in end-of-life cancer patients in primary care. However, research seldom addresses unbearable suffering. The aim of this study was to comprehensively investigat...

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

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:12

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Patients in sub-Saharan Africa commonly experience pain, which often is un-assessed and undertreated. One hindrance to routine pain assessment in these settings is the lack of a single-item pain rating scale v...

    Authors: Kristin TL Huang, Claudio Owino, Rachel C Vreeman, Mildred Hagembe, Festus Njuguna, R Matthew Strother and Gregory P Gramelspacher

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:5

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Medicine has long acknowledged the role of chaplains in healthcare, but there is little research on the relationship between chaplaincy care and health outcomes. The present study examines the association betw...

    Authors: Kevin J Flannelly, Linda L Emanuel, George F Handzo, Kathleen Galek, Nava R Silton and Melissa Carlson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:10

    Content type: Research article

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  38. We describe the development of a new training programme on GP-patient communication in palliative care, and the applicability to GPs and GP Trainees. This ‘ACA training programme’ focuses on  A  vailability of th...

    Authors: Willemjan Slort, Annette H Blankenstein, Bernardina S Wanrooij, Henriëtte E van der Horst and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:9

    Content type: Correspondence

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  39. People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) require significant care and support; however, most care needs are still unmet. To our knowledge, no studies have described the activities and challenges of care services in...

    Authors: Taddese Alemu Zerfu, Yaliso Yaya, Selamawit Dagne, Kebede Deribe, Horacio Ruiseñor-Escudero and Sibhatu Biadgilign

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:8

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Typically, dementia involves progressive cognitive and functional deterioration, leading to death. A palliative approach recognizes the inevitable health decline, focusing on quality of life. The approach is h...

    Authors: Christine Toye, Andrew L Robinson, Moyez Jiwa, Sharon Andrews, Fran McInerney, Barbara Horner, Kristi Holloway and Brigit Stratton

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. The results of a small number of studies of autonomic function in patients with advanced cancer suggest that autonomic dysfunction (AD) is common. In other disease-specific groups this is associated with decre...

    Authors: Carol A Stone, Rose Anne Kenny, Brid Nolan and Peter G Lawlor

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:3

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Disseminating palliative care is a critical task throughout the world. Several outcome studies explored the effects of regional palliative care programs on a variety of end-points, and some qualitative studies...

    Authors: Tatsuya Morita, Mitsunori Miyashita, Akemi Yamagishi, Nobuya Akizuki, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Yutaka Shirahige, Miki Akiyama, Kei Hirai, Motohiro Matoba, Masako Yamada, Taketoshi Matsumoto, Takuhiro Yamaguchi and Kenji Eguchi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:2

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. End-of-life care research across Africa is under-resourced and under-developed. A central issue in research in end-of-life care is the measurement of effects and outcomes of care on patients and families. Litt...

    Authors: Julia Downing, Steffen T Simon, Faith N Mwangi-Powell, Hamid Benalia, Barbara A Daveson, Irene J Higginson, Richard Harding and Claudia Bausewein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:1

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Previous studies have found that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can effectively manage their own symptoms when given tailored advice. This approach, however, may challenge patients with poor performan...

    Authors: Maria J Silveira, Charles W Given, Kemp B Cease, Alla Sikorskii, Barbara Given, Laurel L Northouse and John D Piette

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2011 10:21

    Content type: Study protocol

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