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    Family members of deceased palliative care patients receiving bereavement anniversary cards: a survey on the recipient’s reactions and opinions

    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...

    Swantje Goebel, Sandra Stephanie Mai, Christina Gerlach, Ulrike Windschmitt, Karl-Heinz Feldmann and Martin Weber

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:26

    Published on: 19 April 2017

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    Palliative sedation challenging the professional competency of health care providers and staff: a qualitative focus group and personal written narrative study

    Despite recent advances in palliative medicine, sedating a terminally ill patient is regarded as an indispensable treatment to manage unbearable suffering. With the prospect of widespread use of palliative sed...

    Danièle Leboul, Régis Aubry, Jean-Michel Peter, Victor Royer, Jean-François Richard and Frédéric Guirimand

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:25

    Published on: 11 April 2017

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    A process evaluation of systematic risk and needs assessment for caregivers in specialised palliative care

    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...

    Kia Toft Thomsen, Mai-Britt Guldin, Mette Kjærgaard Nielsen, Chaitali Laura Ollars and Anders Bonde Jensen

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:23

    Published on: 8 April 2017

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    Is admittance to specialised palliative care among cancer patients related to sex, age and cancer diagnosis? A nation-wide study from the Danish Palliative Care Database (DPD)

    Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there a...

    Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren and Mogens Groenvold

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:21

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  5. Research article

    Identification of drug combinations administered by continuous subcutaneous infusion that require analysis for compatibility and stability

    A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) delivered via syringe pump is a method of drug administration used to maintain symptom control when a patient is no longer able to tolerate oral medication. Several cl...

    Andrew Dickman, Matthew Bickerstaff, Richard Jackson, Jennifer Schneider, Stephen Mason and John Ellershaw

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:22

    Published on: 23 March 2017

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    Critical attitudes and beliefs towards guidelines amongst palliative care professionals – results from a national survey

    Little is known about palliative care professionals’ attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adu...

    Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T. Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin and Claudia Bausewein

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:20

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  7. Research article

    Palliative gastrectomy is beneficial in selected cases of metastatic gastric cancer

    Salvage chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for metastatic gastric cancer (mGC). This study aimed to clarify the effects of palliative gastrectomy (PG) and identify prognostic factors in mGC patients und...

    Jun-Te Hsu, Jian-Ann Liao, Huei-Chieh Chuang, Tai-Di Chen, Tsung-Hsing Chen, Chia-Jung Kuo, Chun-Jung Lin, Wen-Chi Chou, Ta-Sen Yeh and Yi-Yin Jan

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:19

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Primary care physicians’ educational needs and learning preferences in end of life care: A focus group study in the UK

    Primary care physicians (General Practitioners (GPs)) play a pivotal role in providing end of life care (EoLC). However, many lack confidence in this area, and the quality of EoLC by GPs can be problematic. Ev...

    Lucy Ellen Selman, Lisa Jane Brighton, Vicky Robinson, Rob George, Shaheen A. Khan, Rachel Burman and Jonathan Koffman

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:17

    Published on: 9 March 2017

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    Measuring geographical accessibility to palliative and end of life (PEoLC) related facilities: a comparative study in an area with well-developed specialist palliative care (SPC) provision

    Geographical accessibility is important in accessing healthcare services. Measuring it has evolved alongside technological and data analysis advances. High correlations between different methods have been dete...

    Clare Pearson, Julia Verne, Claudia Wells, Giovanna M. Polato, Irene J Higginson and Wei Gao

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:14

    Published on: 26 January 2017

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    A good resource for parents, but will clinicians use it?: Evaluation of a resource for paediatric end-of-life decision making

    Communication with parents about end-of-life care and decisions is a difficult and sensitive process. The objective of the present study was to ascertain clinicians’ views on the acceptability and usefulness o...

    Clare Delany, Vicki Xafis, Lynn Gillam, Jo-anne Hughson, Jenny Hynson and Dominic Wilkinson

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:12

    Published on: 25 January 2017

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    Clinical trials in palliative care: a systematic review of their methodological characteristics and of the quality of their reporting

    Over the past decades there has been a significant increase in the number of published clinical trials in palliative care. However, empirical evidence suggests that there are methodological problems in the des...

    Raquel Bouça-Machado, Madalena Rosário, Joana Alarcão, Leonor Correia-Guedes, Daisy Abreu and Joaquim J. Ferreira

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:10

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Development the Care Evaluation Scale Version 2.0: a modified version of a measure for bereaved family members to evaluate the structure and process of palliative care for cancer patient

    The Care Evaluation Scale (CES1.0) was designed to allow bereaved family members to evaluate the structure and process of care, but has been associated with a high frequency of misresponses. The objective of t...

    Mitsunori Miyashita, Maho Aoyama, Misato Nakahata, Yuji Yamada, Mutsumi Abe, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Akemi Shirado, Mariko Shutoh, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Jun Hamano, Aoi Miyamoto, Saki Yoshida, Kazuki Sato, Kei Hirai and Tatsuya Morita

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:8

    Published on: 23 January 2017

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    Opinions about the new law on end-of-life issues in a sample of french patients receiving palliative care

    In February 2nd 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law that forbade euthanasia and established the right to deep and continuous sedation for end-of-life patients. Moreover, the law also ob...

    Augustin Boulanger, Théo Chabal, Marie Fichaux, Mireille Destandau, Jean Marc La Piana, Pascal Auquier, Karine Baumstarck and Sébastien Salas

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:7

    Published on: 21 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Exploring healthcare assistants’ role and experience in pain assessment and management for people with advanced dementia towards the end of life: a qualitative study

    Pain assessment and management are key aspects in the care of people with dementia approaching the end of life but become challenging when patient self-report is impaired or unavailable. Best practice recommen...

    Bannin De Witt Jansen, Kevin Brazil, Peter Passmore, Hilary Buchanan, Doreen Maxwell, Sonja J. McIlfatrick, Sharon M. Morgan, Max Watson and Carole Parsons

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:6

    Published on: 19 January 2017

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    Limiting treatment and shortening of life: data from a cross-sectional survey in Germany on frequencies, determinants and patients’ involvement

    Limiting treatment forms part of practice in many fields of medicine. There is a scarcity of robust data from Germany. Therefore, in this paper, we report results of a survey among German physicians with a foc...

    Birte Malena Dahmen, Jochen Vollmann, Stephan Nadolny and Jan Schildmann

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:3

    Published on: 17 January 2017

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    Barriers to venipuncture-induced pain prevention in cancer patients: a qualitative study

    Procedural pain reduces the quality of life of cancer patients. Although there are recommendations for its prevention, there are some obstacles for its management. The purpose of this study was to analyze the ...

    Marilène Filbet, Philip Larkin, Claire Chabloz, Anne Chirac, Léa Monsarrat, Murielle Ruer, Wadih Rhondali and Cyrille Collin

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:5

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Enhancing the quality of life for palliative care cancer patients in Indonesia through family caregivers: a pilot study of basic skills training

    Palliative care in Indonesia is problematic because of cultural and socio-economic factors. Family in Indonesia is an integral part of caregiving process in inpatient and outpatient settings. However, most fam...

    Martina Sinta Kristanti, Sri Setiyarini and Christantie Effendy

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:4

    Published on: 17 January 2017

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