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  1. There is a severe shortage of corneas for donation, globally, for transplantation and research purposes. One group of individuals who could potentially be donors are those who die within the inpatient palliati...

    Authors: Chirag Patel, Mitchell Nicmanis, Anna Chur-Hansen and Gregory B. Crawford
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:85
  2. The interdisciplinary realm of medical humanities explores narratives and experiences that can enhance medical education for physicians through perspective-taking and reflective practice. However, there is a g...

    Authors: Eng-Koon Ong, U-Tong Emily Tan, Min Chiam and Wen Shan Sim
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:84
  3. Due to limited numbers of palliative care specialists and/or resources, accessing palliative care remains limited in many low and middle-income countries. Data science methods, such as rule-based algorithms an...

    Authors: Pawita Limsomwong, Thammasin Ingviya and Orapan Fumaneeshoat
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:83
  4. So far, there have been many studies on end-of-life nursing care education around the world, and in many cases, according to the cultural, social, and spiritual contexts of each country, the results have been ...

    Authors: Zahra Taheri-Ezbarami, Fateme Jafaraghaee, Ali Karimian Sighlani and Seyed Kazem Mousavi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:82
  5. Volunteers have always been integral to hospice and palliative care. However, their roles have been left relatively undefined and broad.

    Authors: Armin Nassehi, Irmhild Saake, Christof Breitsameter, Anna Bauer, Niklas Barth and Isabell Reis
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:81
  6. Men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have an incurable disease. Along with prolonging life, symptom management is one of the main goals with treatment. This is also important from a...

    Authors: Ulrika Rönningås, Maja Holm, Per Fransson, Lars Beckman and Agneta Wennman-Larsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:80
  7. The World Health Organization identifies pharmacists as a key resource in palliative care. However, the roles of these professionals in end-of-life care at home remain poorly understood, and community pharmaci...

    Authors: Isabelle Cuchet, Michael Dambrun, Sabrina Bedhomme, Chantal Savanovitch, Hélène Vaillant Roussel and Axelle Maneval
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:79
  8. Discomfort and distressing symptoms are common at the end of life, while people in this stage are often no longer able to express themselves. Technologies may aid clinicians in detecting and treating these sym...

    Authors: Jingyuan Xu, Hanneke J. A. Smaling, Jan W. Schoones, Wilco P. Achterberg and Jenny T. van der Steen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:78
  9. Advance Care Planning interventions should be evaluated as broadly as possible to gain a holistic understanding of the Advance Care Planning process. However, validated early stage outcome instruments are lack...

    Authors: Julia Jaschke, Rieke Schnakenberg, Katharina Silies, Almuth Berg, Änne Kirchner, Falk Hoffmann, Gabriele Meyer, Sascha Köpke and Juliane Köberlein-Neu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:77
  10. Palliative care addresses multiple unmet needs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung diseases (ILD) and their family and/or friend caregivers, but it remains highly u...

    Authors: M. Aurora Mendes, Daisy J. A. Janssen and Alda Marques
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:76
  11. Symptom assessment is key to effective symptom management and palliative care for patients with advanced cancer. Symptom prevalence and severity estimates vary widely, possibly dependent on the assessment tool...

    Authors: Ragnhild Elisabeth Monsen, Anners Lerdal, Hilde Nordgarden, Caryl L. Gay and Bente Brokstad Herlofson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:75
  12. Palliative care and oncology generate a risk of burnout and psychological distress in professionals. The purpose of this study is to identify both psychopathological and positive factors related to mental heal...

    Authors: Anne-Catherine Delafontaine, Royce Anders, Bernard Mathieu, Cornelia Rolli Salathé and Benjamin Putois
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:74
  13. This study extended the original Dignity Therapy (DT) intervention by including partners and family caregivers (FCs) of terminally-ill cancer patients with the overall aim of evaluating whether DT can mitigate...

    Authors: Annina Seiler, Manuel Amann, Caroline Hertler, Sebastian M. Christ, Markus Schettle, Barbara Meier Kaeppeli, Judith Jung-Amstutz, Christel Nigg, Bernhard C. Pestalozzi, Patrick Imesch, Reinhard Dummer, David Blum and Josef Jenewein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:73
  14. Children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions can experience high levels of suffering due to multiple distressing symptoms that result in poor quality of life and increase risk of long-term distr...

    Authors: Kim C. van Teunenbroek, Renée L. Mulder, Inge M. L. Ahout, Karen G. C. B. Bindels-de Heus, Catharina M. Delsman-van Gelder, Annemie F. S. Galimont-Collen, Marinka A. R. de Groot, Katja M. J. Heitink-Polle, Jeffry Looijestijn, Maarten O. Mensink, Selma Mulder, Jolanda H. Schieving, Antoinette Y. N. Schouten-van Meeteren, Johannes M. A. Verheijden, Hester Rippen, Brigitt C. M. Borggreve…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:72
  15. Understanding cancer patients’ unmet needs for chemotherapy-related symptom management will assist clinicians in developing tailored intervention programs. Little is known about the association between perceiv...

    Authors: Kai Zeng, Yaping Zhong, Xiaofang Chen and Lili Zhang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:71
  16. As the proportion of older persons in society increases, there is a growing trend towards providing end-of-life care in their homes. Palliative care is a complex and knowledge-demanding form of care, and nurse...

    Authors: Magdalena Annersten Gershater, Josefin Brenner, Malin Nordberg and Ami Hommel
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:70
  17. Several studies deal with the question of what constitutes a "satisfactory death". A smaller number of studies deal with unsatisfactory dying processes. And only a few shed light on unsatisfactory deaths that ...

    Authors: Christof Breitsameter
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:69
  18. Palliative care significantly improves the distressing symptoms of patients, especially those with cancer, heart disease, renal disease, and liver disease. The need for palliative care is increasing worldwide ...

    Authors: Addisu Getie, Manay Ayalneh, Tigabu Munye Aytenew, Melaku Bimerew and Adam Wondmieneh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:67
  19. Parent-reported experience measures are part of pediatric Quality of Care (QoC) assessments. However, existing measures were not developed for use across multiple healthcare settings or throughout the illness ...

    Authors: Felicia Jia Ler Ang, Mihir Gandhi, Truls Ostbye, Chetna Malhotra, Rahul Malhotra, Poh Heng Chong, Zubair Amin, Cristelle Chu-Tian Chow, Teresa Shu Zhen Tan, Komal Tewani and Eric Andrew Finkelstein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:66
  20. Bereaved relatives of intensive care unit (ICU) patients are at increased risk of psychological complaints. Aftercare might help them cope with processing the ICU admission and their loved one’s death. There i...

    Authors: Sophie C. Renckens, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Zina Jorna, Hanna T. Klop, Chantal du Perron, Lia van Zuylen, Monique A.H. Steegers, Birkitt L. ten Tusscher, Margo M.C. van Mol, Wouter de Ruijter and H. Roeline Pasman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:65
  21. In the last decade, there has been a growing concern to make palliative care more culturally sensitive and contextually appropriate. This concern is also relevant in Indonesia, where the progress of palliative...

    Authors: Raditya Bagas Wicaksono, Amalia Muhaimin, Dick L. Willems and Jeannette Pols
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:63
  22. Breakthrough cancer pain (BTCP) is primarily managed at home and can stem from physical exertion and emotional distress triggers. Beyond these triggers, the impact of ambient environment on pain occurrence and...

    Authors: Nutta Homdee, John Lach, Leslie Blackhall and Virginia LeBaron
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:62
  23. This case report from Scotland, UK illustrates how unresolved traumatic experiences across the life course can affect a patient’s engagement with palliative care and offers insights into the flexibility and ad...

    Authors: Sam Quinn, Libby Ferguson, Derek Read and Naomi Richards
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:61
  24. Several studies emerging from developed countries have highlighted a significant number of potentially avoidable emergency department (ED) visits by cancer patients during the end-of-life period. However, ther...

    Authors: Hagir Salama, Mohamed H. Omer, Areez Shafqat, Ahmed Binahmed, Ghadah Muhammed Alghamdi, Mohammed Saeed, Mohamed Madani Alfagi, Bayan Saeed Alqahtany, Feda Alshoshan, Dalia Salih, Ahmed Hashim, Mohammad Alkaiyat and Abdullah Algarni
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:60
  25. There is currently a high demand for bereavement support coupled with inconclusive findings as to the efficacy of existing approaches. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to improve human functioning ...

    Authors: Nikolaus Willi, Anna Pancoast, Ioanna Drikaki, Xueying Gu, David Gillanders and Anne Finucane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:59
  26. Recent exercise intervention studies have shown promising results in improving quality of life (QoL) and physical function (PF) in diverse chronic disease and advanced cancer patients. However, the effects of ...

    Authors: Inken Schwonke, Nils Freitag, Paula Aschendorf, Kerstin Wucharz, Johanna Thieme, Iris Appelmann, Moritz Schumann and Frank Elsner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:58
  27. Music therapy interventions with informal carers of individuals with life-threatening illness at pre- and post-bereavement is an increasingly important clinical area. This systematic review is the first to syn...

    Authors: K. Gillespie, T. McConnell, A. Roulston, N. Potvin, C. Ghiglieri, I. Gadde, M. Anderson, J. Kirkwood, D. Thomas, L. Roche, M. O.’Sullivan, A. McCullagh and L. Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:55
  28. The experience of Wish to Die is common in patients living with Advanced Disease. It has been studied worldwide and qualitative studies have contributed to the understanding of the complexity of the phenomenon...

    Authors: Alazne Belar, Maria Arantzamendi, Philip Larkin, Iñaki Saralegui, Yolanda Santesteban, Nerea Alonso, Marina Martínez and Carlos Centeno
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:57
  29. People living with severe mental illness (SMI) face significant health inequalities, including in palliative care. Advance Care Planning (ACP) is widely recommended by palliative care experts and could reduce ...

    Authors: Rea Kaur Gill, Joanne Droney, Gareth Owen, Julia Riley and Lucy Stephenson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:56
  30. Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) enter the palliative phase when cure is no longer possible or when they refuse curative treatment. The mean survival is five months, with a range of ...

    Authors: Arta Hoesseini, Aniel Sewnaik, Boyd N. van den Besselaar, Jang Zhang, Nikki van Leeuwen, Jose A. Hardillo, Robert Jan Baatenburg de Jong and Marinella P. J. Offerman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:54
  31. Although there is growing demand for hospice care in China due to its aging population and increasing cancer rates, the sector remains slow to expand. Oncology nurses are the primary providers of hospice care,...

    Authors: Jing Zhao, Yu Wang, Binbin Xiao, Fucheng Ye, Jianfei Chen, Yingjuan Huang, Ting Li, Xiaoli Chen, Hongmei Ma, Qing Zhang and Zhijie Zou
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:53
  32. Actigraphy offers a promising way to objectively assess pediatric sleep. Aim of the study was investigating the extent to which actigraphy used in children and adolescents with life-limiting conditions is cons...

    Authors: Larissa Alice Kubek, Benedikt Claus, Boris Zernikow and Julia Wager
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:52
  33. Predicting mortality in the emergency department (ED) is imperative to guide palliative care and end-of-life decisions. However, the clinical usefulness of utilizing the existing screening tools still leaves s...

    Authors: Yu-Jing Wang, Chen-Yang Hsu, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Hsiu-Hsi Chen and Chao-Chih Lai
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:51
  34. Numerous previous research have established the need for spiritual care among patients with cancer globally. Nevertheless, there was limited research, primarily qualitative, on the spiritual care needs of Chin...

    Authors: Zhangyi Wang, Xiaochun Tang, Liping Li, Huifang Zhou, Yue Zhu, Lamei Chen, Tao Su, Mengru Liu, Xiaoli Pang, Xiaoke Yi, Li Liu, Jingjing Liu and Mengsu Liu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:50
  35. Communication disorders are a challenge that many patients in palliative care (PC) may encounter. This intervention area is emerging for the speech-language therapist (SLT), the professional who works in preve...

    Authors: Cátia Dias, Inês Tello Rodrigues, Hernâni Gonçalves and Ivone Duarte
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:49
  36. EM Talk is a communication skills training program designed to improve emergency providers’ serious illness conversational skills. Using the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-...

    Authors: Oluwaseun Adeyemi, Alexander D. Ginsburg, Regina Kaur, Allison M. Cuthel, Nicole Zhao, Nina Siman, Keith S Goldfeld, Lillian Liang Emlet, Charles DiMaggio, Rebecca Liddicoat Yamarik, Jean-Baptiste Bouillon-Minois, Joshua Chodosh and Corita R. Grudzen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:48
  37. The fear of death is a common experience among healthcare students and professionals that may impact the quality of care provided to patients, particularly those receiving palliative care. The Collett-Lester F...

    Authors: Daniel Gutiérrez-Sánchez, Inmaculada López-Leiva, Stella Martín-de-las-Heras, Leticia Rubio and Jaime Martín-Martín
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:47
  38. Older people account heavily for palliative care needs at the population level and are growing in number as the population ages. There is relatively little high-quality data on symptom burden and quality of li...

    Authors: Bridget M. Johnston, Mary Miller, Charles Normand, Magnolia Cardona, Peter May and Aoife C. Lowney
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:46
  39. Barriers to accessing hospice and palliative care have been well studied. An important yet less researched area is why people approaching the end-of-life decline a referral when they are offered services. This...

    Authors: Jessica Young, Antonia Lyons, Richard Egan and Kevin Dew
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:45
  40. The aim of advance care planning (ACP) is to enable patients to define and discuss their values and preferences to ensure that the care they receive is consistent with their needs and wishes. Most studies of A...

    Authors: Line Elida Festvåg, Beate Lie Sverre, Ørnulf Paulsen and Grethe Eilertsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:44
  41. Few studies have examined the spiritual environment of parents of children receiving palliative care in Southern European countries, which are mostly characterized by secularization (or the abandonment of trad...

    Authors: Pau Miquel, Ignasi Clemente and Mario Ciccorossi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:43
  42. In the intensive care unit (ICU), we may encounter patients who have completed a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) or a Physician Orders to Stop Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) document. However, the characteristics ...

    Authors: Song-I Lee, Ye-Rin Ju, Da Hyun Kang and Jeong Eun Lee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:42
  43. Spain currently lacks a competency framework for palliative care nursing. Having such a framework would help to advance this field in academic, governmental, and health management contexts. In phase I of a mix...

    Authors: Lourdes Guanter-Peris, Eulàlia Alburquerque-Medina, Montserrat Solà-Pola and Margarida Pla
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:41

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  44. Developments in digital health have the potential to create new opportunities for healthcare professionals support delivery of palliative care. Globally, many palliative care professionals used digital health ...

    Authors: Sarah Stanley, Anne Finucane, Anthony Thompson and Amara Callistus Nwosu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:40
  45. Patients with incurable cancer are frequently hospitalized within their last 30 days of life (DOL) due to numerous symptoms and concerns. These hospitalizations can be burdensome for the patient and the caregi...

    Authors: J. Singh, E. K. Grov, M. Turzer and A. Stensvold
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:39
  46. There is widespread agreement about the importance of spiritual training programs (STPs) for healthcare professionals caring for cancer patients, and that reflecting on one’s spirituality is the first step. He...

    Authors: Silvia Tanzi, Giovanna Artioli, Elisabetta Bertocchi, Giulietta Luul Balestra, Luca Ghirotto, Mario Cagna, Filippo Laurenti and Simona Sacchi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:38
  47. In March 2020, the outbreak caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus was declared a pandemic, resulting in numerous fatalities worldwide. To effectively combat the virus, it would be beneficial to involve professionals ...

    Authors: João Luís Rodrigues-Ribeiro, Luísa Castro, Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro and Rui Nunes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:37
  48. Patients diagnosed with hematological malignancies residing in low-middle-income countries undergo significant physical and psychological stressors. Despite this, only 16% of them receive proper care during th...

    Authors: Mohammad M. Alnaeem, Anas Shehadeh and Abdulqadir J. Nashwan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:36

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