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  1. China holds one fifth of the world’s population and faces a rapidly aging society. In its ambition to reach a health care standard comparable to developed countries by 2030, the implementation of palliative ca...

    Authors: Antonia M. Willemsen, Piret Paal, Silja Zhang, Stephen Mason and Frank Elsner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:14

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Artificial nutrition and hydration do not prolong survival or improve clinical symptoms of terminally ill cancer patients. Nonetheless, little is known about the effect of artificial hydration (AH) alone on pa...

    Authors: Chien-Yi Wu, Ping-Jen Chen, Tzu-Lin Ho, Wen-Yuan Lin and Shao-Yi Cheng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:13

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Huntington’s disease (HD) has a poor prognosis. Decision-making capacity and communication ability may become lost as the disease progresses. Therefore, HD patients are encouraged to engage in advance care pla...

    Authors: Marina R. Ekkel, Marja F. I. A. Depla, Els M. L. Verschuur, Ruth B. Veenhuizen, Cees M. P. M. Hertogh and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:12

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  4. Palliative care day services provide a safe environment for people with palliative care needs, enabling them to access a range of services while acting as a respite services for family caregivers. Viewed as ma...

    Authors: Felicity Hasson, Joanne Jordan, Laurie McKibben, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Anne Finucane, Kathy Armour, Shazia Zafar, Alistair Hewison, Kevin Brazil and W. George Kernohan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:11

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  5. Observational studies investigating risk factors in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have not considered the confounding effects of advanced care planning, such that a valid picture of risk for elderly, fra...

    Authors: Sam Straw, Melanie McGinlay, Michael Drozd, Thomas A. Slater, Alice Cowley, Stephe Kamalathasan, Nicholas Maxwell, Rory A. Bird, Aaron O. Koshy, Milos Prica, Peysh A. Patel, Samuel D. Relton, John Gierula, Richard M. Cubbon, Mark T. Kearney and Klaus K. Witte

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:10

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Palliative care improves the quality of lives of patients and families affected by advanced illnesses through the prevention and relief of suffering. While palliative care is well established in developed coun...

    Authors: Tara Devi Laabar, Christobel Saunders, Kirsten Auret and Claire E. Johnson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:8

    Content type: Research article

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  7. For cancer patients and their family, an important factor that determines the choice to die at home is the caregivers’ feeling of security when caring for the patient at home. Support to caregivers from health...

    Authors: Anne Sæle Barlund, Beate André, Kari Sand and Anne-Tove Brenne

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:7

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Patient participation is a key foundation of advance care planning (ACP). However, a patient himself/herself may be left out from sensitive conversations such as end-of-life (EOL) care discussions. The objecti...

    Authors: Akiko Abe, Masato Kobayashi, Takashi Kohno, Mari Takeuchi, Saori Hashiguchi, Masaru Mimura and Daisuke Fujisawa

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:6

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The aging of migrant populations across Europe challenges researchers in palliative care to produce knowledge that can be used to respond to the needs of the growing group of patients with a migration backgrou...

    Authors: M. Torensma, B. D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, X. de Voogd, D. L. Willems and J. L. Suurmond

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:5

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Coverage of palliative care in low and middle-income countries is very limited, and global projections suggest large increases in need. Novel approaches are needed to achieve the palliative care goals of Unive...

    Authors: Kennedy Bashan Nkhoma, Bassey Ebenso, David Akeju, Samuel Adejoh, Michael Bennett, Mike Chirenje, Adlight Dandadzi, Elizabeth Nabirye, Elizabeth Namukwaya, Eve Namisango, Kehinde Okunade, Omolola Salako, Richard Harding and Matthew J. Allsop

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:4

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Those who survive critical illness only to become chronically critically ill (CCI) experience a high symptom burden, repeat episodes of illness exacerbation, communication barriers, and poor health outcomes. Y...

    Authors: A. Fuchsia Howard, Sarah Crowe, Laura Choroszewski, Joe Kovatch, Adrianne Jansen Haynes, Joan Ford, Scott Beck and Gregory J. Haljan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:3

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The term ‘life limiting conditions’ refers to premature death following decline from chronic conditions, which is a common circumstance in which occupational therapists work with people at the end of life. The...

    Authors: Courtney Apostol, Kathryn Cranwell and Danielle Hitch

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:2

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a frequent and bothersome adverse event related with opioid therapy in cancer patients. Despite the high prevalence, medical management of OIC is often uncertain. The curre...

    Authors: Regina Gironés Sarrió, Agnès Calsina-Berna, Adoración Gozalvo García, José Miguel Esparza-Miñana, Esther Falcó Ferrer and Josep Porta-Sales

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:1

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  14. Despite known benefits, advance care planning (ACP) is rarely a component of usual practice in long-term care (LTC). A series of tools and workbooks have been developed to support ACP uptake amongst the genera...

    Authors: Tamara Sussman, Sharon Kaasalainen, Rennie Bimman, Harveer Punia, Nathaniel Edsell and Jess Sussman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:179

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  15. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 462,417 deaths worldwide. A large number of patients with severe COVID-19 face death in hospital. Hospice care is truly a philosophy of care that delivers patient-cen...

    Authors: Ze-hong Zheng, Zhong-chen Luo, You Zhang, Wallace Chi Ho Chan, Jian-qiong Li, Jin Pang, Yu-ling Jia and Jiao Tang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:188

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  16. The provision and quality of end-of-life care (EoLC) in Germany is inconsistent. Therefore, an evaluation of current EoLC based on quality indicators is needed. This study aims to evaluate EoLC in Germany on t...

    Authors: Katharina van Baal, Sophie Schrader, Nils Schneider, Birgitt Wiese, Jona Theodor Stahmeyer, Sveja Eberhard, Siegfried Geyer, Stephanie Stiel and Kambiz Afshar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:187

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Informal caregivers (IC) are often overshadowed by the attention required by the terminally ill. This study aims to reveal the estimated proportion of caregiver burden, psychological manifestations and factors...

    Authors: Zati Sabrina Ahmad Zubaidi, Farnaza Ariffin, Cindy Teoh Cy Oun and Diana Katiman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:186

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  18. Patients suffering from gastrointestinal cancer comprise a large group receiving home hospice care in China, however, little is known about the prediction of their survival time. This study aimed to develop a ...

    Authors: Muqing Wang, Xubin Jing, Weihua Cao, Yicheng Zeng, Chaofen Wu, Weilong Zeng, Wenxia Chen, Xi Hu, Yanna Zhou and Xianbin Cai

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:185

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In contrast to typical measures employed to assess outcomes in healthcare such as mortality or recovery rates, it is difficult to define which specific outcomes of care are the most important in caring for dyi...

    Authors: Sofia C. Zambrano, Dagny Faksvåg Haugen, Agnes van der Heide, Vilma A. Tripodoro, John Ellershaw, Carl Johan Fürst, Raymond Voltz, Stephen Mason, María L. Daud, Gustavo De Simone, Kerstin Kremeike, Svandis Iris Halfdanardottir, Valgerdur Sigurdardottir, Jeremy Johnson, Simon Allan, Haroon Hafeez…

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:184

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. The Liverpool care pathway for the dying patient (LCP) is a multidisciplinary tool developed for the dying phase for use in palliative care settings. The literature reports divergent experiences with its appli...

    Authors: Maartje S. Klapwijk, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Monique A. A. Caljouw, Wilco P. Achterberg and Jenny T. van der Steen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:183

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Towards the end of life, use of opioid analgesics becomes more common in patients to control pain and improve quality of life. While pain medication may help manage pain, unwanted cognitive side effects are fr...

    Authors: Pete Wegier, Jaymie Varenbut, Mark Bernstein, Peter G. Lawlor and Sarina R. Isenberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:182

    Content type: Research article

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  22. In end-of-life patients with advanced cancers, oral examination, oral care, and oral re-examination are crucial. Although oral symptoms are among the major complaints of end-of-life patients, few studies have ...

    Authors: Ting-Ying Wu, Hsiu-Yueh Liu, Chien-Yi Wu, Hung-Cheng Chen, Shun-Te Huang and Ping-Ho Chen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:181

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Limited comprehension of the concept of palliative care and misconceptions about it are barriers to meaningful utilisation of palliative care programs. As caregivers play an integral role for patients with ter...

    Authors: Sameena Shah, Faizan Qaisar, Iqbal Azam and Khairunnisa Mansoor

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:180

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Providing patient-centered care (PCC) during the last year of life (LYOL) can be challenging due to the complexity of the patients’ medical, social and psychological needs, especially in case of chronic illnes...

    Authors: Vera Vennedey, Gloria Dust, Nicolas Schippel, Arim Shukri, Julia Strupp, Christian Rietz, Raymond Voltz and Stephanie Stock

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:177

    Content type: Research article

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  25. The prognosis of patients with incurable head and neck cancer (HNC) is a relevant topic. The mean survival of these patients is 5 months but may vary from weeks to more than 3 years. Discussing the prognosis e...

    Authors: Arta Hoesseini, Marinella P. J. Offerman, Bojou J. van de Wall-Neecke, Aniel Sewnaik, Marjan H. Wieringa and Robert J. Baatenburg de Jong

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:176

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Worldwide, many patients with cancer, are infrequently referred to palliative care or are referred late. Oncologists and haematologists may act as gatekeepers, and their views may facilitate or hinder referral...

    Authors: Naveen Salins, Arunangshu Ghoshal, Sean Hughes and Nancy Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:175

    Content type: Research article

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  27. To support the early integration of palliative home care (PHC) in cancer treatment, we developed the EPHECT intervention and pilot tested it with 30 advanced cancer patients in Belgium using a pre post design ...

    Authors: Naomi Dhollander, Tinne Smets, Aline De Vleminck, Lore Lapeire, Koen Pardon and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:174

    Content type: Research article

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  28. In the absence of extant recommendations, the aim of this study was to formalise support practices used by an interdisciplinary team in a palliative-care unit (PCU) for the relatives of patients in the agonal ...

    Authors: M. Mélin, H. Amieva, M. Frasca, C. Ouvrard, V. Berger, H. Hoarau, C. Roumiguière, B. Paternostre, N. Stadelmaier, N. Raoux, V. Bergua and B. Burucoa

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:173

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  29. Continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) via ambulatory infusion pump (AIP) is a valuable method of pain control in palliative care. When using CSCI, low-dose methadone as add-on to other opioids might be an op...

    Authors: Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad and Peter Strang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:172

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  30. The linguistic and cultural diversity found in European societies creates specific challenges to palliative care clinicians. Patients’ heterogeneous habits, beliefs and social situations, and in many cases lan...

    Authors: Imane Semlali, Emmanuel Tamches, Pascal Singy and Orest Weber

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:171

    Content type: Research article

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  31. The disparities in access to pediatric palliative care and pain management in Latin America remains an unaddressed global health issue. Efforts to improve the development of Palliative Care (PC) provision have...

    Authors: Ximena Garcia-Quintero, Luis Gabriel Parra-Lara, Angelica Claros-Hulbert, Maria Isabel Cuervo-Suarez, Wendy Gomez-Garcia, Francois Desbrandes and Natalia Arias-Casais

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:170

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  32. Physicians experience high rates of burnout, which may negatively impact patient care. Palliative care is an emotionally demanding specialty with high burnout rates reported in previous studies from other coun...

    Authors: Cindy Wang, Pamela Grassau, Peter G. Lawlor, Colleen Webber, Shirley H. Bush, Bruno Gagnon, Monisha Kabir and Edward G. Spilg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:169

    Content type: Research article

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  33. End-of-life (EOL) conversations are highly important for patients living with life-threatening diseases and for their relatives. Talking about the EOL is associated with reduced costs and better quality of car...

    Authors: Heidi Bergenholtz, Malene Missel and Helle Timm

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:168

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The predictive value of the prognostic tool for patients with advanced cancer is uncertain in mainland China, especially in the home-based palliative care (HPC) setting. This study aimed to compare the accurac...

    Authors: Jun Zhou, Sitao Xu, Ziye Cao, Jing Tang, Xiang Fang, Ling Qin, Fangping Zhou, Yuzhen He, Xueren Zhong, Mingcai Hu, Yan Wang, Fengjuan Lu, Yongzheng Bao, Xiangheng Dai and Qiang Wu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:167

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Clinical cancer research trials may offer little or no direct clinical benefit to participants where a cure is no longer possible. As such, the decision-making and consent process for patient participation is ...

    Authors: Mary Murphy, Eilís McCaughan, Matthew A Carson, Monica Donovan, Richard H Wilson and Donna Fitzsimons

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:166

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The main goal of pediatric palliative care (PPC) is to improve or maintain the best possible quality of life (QoL) for the child and their family. PPC can be provided in community health centres, within the sp...

    Authors: Anette Winger, Lisbeth Gravdal Kvarme, Borghild Løyland, Camilla Kristiansen, Sølvi Helseth and Ingrid H. Ravn

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:165

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Although rehabilitation is recommended for terminal cancer patients, the specific components and methods of such programs are poorly documented. No studies to date have examined the effectiveness of rehabilita...

    Authors: Nanako Nishiyama, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Noriko Fujiwara, Keisuke Ariyoshi, Shunsuke Oyamada, Keiichi Narita, Ryouhei Ishii and Satoru Iwase

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:164

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. Delirium is highly problematic in palliative care (PC). Preliminary data indicate a potential role for melatonin to prevent delirium, but no randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are reported in PC.

    Authors: Peter G. Lawlor, Marie T. McNamara-Kilian, Alistair R. MacDonald, Franco Momoli, Sallyanne Tierney, Nathalie Lacaze-Masmonteil, Monidipa Dasgupta, Meera Agar, Jose L. Pereira, David C. Currow and Shirley H. Bush

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:163

    Content type: Research article

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  39. This study examined phenomenological manifestations of delirium in advanced cancer patients by examining the factor structure of the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98) and profiles of delirium symptoms.

    Authors: Eun-Jung Shim, Hyeju Ha, Won-Hyoung Kim, Moon-Hee Lee, Jisun Park, Kwang-Min Lee, Kyung-Lak Son, Chan-Woo Yeom and Bong-Jin Hahm

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:162

    Content type: Research article

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  40. The aim of this study was to optimize a Question Prompt List which is designed to improve communication about the heart failure trajectory among patients, family members, and health care professionals.

    Authors: Lisa Hjelmfors, Martje H. L. van der Wal, Maria Friedrichsen, Anna Milberg, Jan Mårtensson, Anna Sandgren, Anna Strömberg and Tiny Jaarsma

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:161

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Most terminally ill cancer patients prefer to die at home, but a majority die in institutional settings. Research questions about this discrepancy have not been fully answered. This study applies artificial in...

    Authors: Heidi Kern, Giorgio Corani, David Huber, Nicola Vermes, Marco Zaffalon, Marco Varini, Claudia Wenzel and André Fringer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:160

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  42. Volunteer navigation is an innovative way to help older persons get connected to resources in their community that they may not know about or have difficulty accessing. Nav-CARE is an intervention in which vol...

    Authors: Barbara Pesut, Wendy Duggleby, Grace Warner, Paxton Bruce, Sunita Ghosh, Jayna Holroyd-Leduc, Cheryl Nekolaichuk and Jasneet Parmar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:159

    Content type: Research article

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  43. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Leslye Rojas-Concha, Maiken Bang Hansen, Morten Aagaard Petersen and Mogens Groenvold

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:157

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    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:81

  44. Despite the urgent need for palliative care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it is not yet daily practice. Important factors influencing the provision of palliative care...

    Authors: Johanna M. C. Broese, Rianne M. J. J. van der Kleij, Huib A. M. Kerstjens, Els M. L. Verschuur, Yvonne Engels and Niels H. Chavannes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:155

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  45. End-of-life caregiving frequently is managed by friends and family. Studies on hastened death, including aid in dying or assisted suicide, indicate friends and family also play essential roles before, during, ...

    Authors: Jane Lowers, Melissa Scardaville, Sean Hughes and Nancy J. Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:154

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Palliative care is typically performed in-hospital. However, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers are uniquely positioned to deliver early palliative care as they are often the first point of medical cont...

    Authors: Caleb Hanson Gage, Heike Geduld and Willem Stassen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:153

    Content type: Research article

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