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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  5. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  6. 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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  7. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  18. 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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  19. 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

    Content type: Correction

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

  20. 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

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Patients have a ‘need to know’ (instrumental need) and a ‘need to feel known’ (affective need). During consultations with patients with limited health literacy (LHL) in the palliative phase of their disease, b...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Lotte Schulze, Ruud Roodbeen, Gudule Boland, Liesbeth M. van Vliet, Maria van den Muijsenbergh and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:152

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Eliciting individual values and preferences of patients is essential to delivering high quality palliative care and ensuring patient-centered advance care planning. Despite advance care planning conserving hea...

    Authors: Rakhshan Kamran and Arianna Dal Cin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:151

    Content type: Technical advance

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  25. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process by which patients reflect upon their goals, values and beliefs to allow them to make decisions about their future medical treatment that align with their goals and valu...

    Authors: J. T. Toguri, L. Grant-Nunn and R. Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:150

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Training in medical ethics aims to educate health care professionals in dealing with daily care ethical issues. To guarantee quality of life and spiritual and emotional support, palliative care professionals h...

    Authors: Ludovica De Panfilis, Silvia Tanzi, Marta Perin, Elena Turola and Giovanna Artioli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:149

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Patient access to medicines at home during the last year of life is critical for symptom control, but is thought to be problematic. Little is known about healthcare professionals’ practices in supporting timel...

    Authors: Sue Latter, Natasha Campling, Jacqueline Birtwistle, Alison Richardson, Michael I. Bennett, Sean Ewings, David Meads and Miriam Santer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:148

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Sedation in palliative care is frequently but controversially discussed. Heterogeneous definitions and conceptual confusion have been cited as contributing to different problems 1) relevant to empirical resear...

    Authors: Alexander Kremling and Jan Schildmann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:147

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Many people move in and out of hospital in the last few weeks of life. These care transitions can be distressing for family members because they signify the deterioration and impending death of their ill relat...

    Authors: Sue Duke, Natasha Campling, Carl R. May, Susi Lund, Neil Lunt and Alison Richardson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:146

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The increase in the number of pediatric patients with complex health conditions necessitates the application of advance care planning for children. Earlier, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment was taboo in...

    Authors: In Gyu Song, Sung Han Kang, Min Sun Kim, Cho Hee Kim, Yi Ji Moon and Jung Lee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:145

    Content type: Research article

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  31. It is recommended that patients with progressive neurological disease (PND) receive general and specialized palliative care. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of neuropalliative care on qua...

    Authors: Radka Bužgová, Radka Kozáková and Michal Bar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:143

    Content type: Research article

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  32. While hospitals remain the most common place of death in many western countries, specialised palliative care (SPC) at home is an alternative to improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. W...

    Authors: Christine Marie Bækø Halling, Rasmus Trap Wolf, Per Sjøgren, Hans Von Der Maase, Helle Timm, Christoffer Johansen and Jakob Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:142

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Patients often view “palliative care” (PC) as an approach that is synonymous with end-of-life and death, leading to shock and fear. Differing cultural and social norms and religious affiliations greatly determ...

    Authors: Naheed Dosani, Ravi Bhargava, Amit Arya, Celeste Pang, Pavinder Tut, Achal Sharma and Martin Chasen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:141

    Content type: Research article

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  34. There is controversy regarding the practical implementation of symptom-focused oncological cancer therapies to hospice residents. In this study, we aim to analyse the use and indication of supportive-oncologic...

    Authors: Ulrich Kaiser, Ursula Vehling-Kaiser, Fabian Kück, Nicolae-Catalin Mechie, Ana Hoffmann and Florian Kaiser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:140

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Palliative care is becoming increasingly important because the number of patients with an incurable disease is growing and their survival is improving. Previous research tells us that early palliative care has...

    Authors: Janneke van Roij, Myrte Zijlstra, Laurien Ham, Linda Brom, Heidi Fransen, Art Vreugdenhil, Natasja Raijmakers and Lonneke van de Poll-Franse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:139

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. Studies have shown that telehealth applications in palliative care are feasible, can improve quality of care, and reduce costs but few studies have focused on user acceptance of current technology applications...

    Authors: M. Nguyen, J. Fujioka, K. Wentlandt, N. Onabajo, I. Wong, R. S. Bhatia, O. Bhattacharyya and V. Stamenova

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:138

    Content type: Research article

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  37. It is not clear how lay people prioritize the various, sometimes conflicting, interests when they make surrogate medical decisions, especially in non-Western cultures. The extent such decisions are perspective...

    Authors: Muhammad M. Hammami, Areej Al Balkhi, Sophia S. De Padua and Kafa Abuhdeeb

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:137

    Content type: Research article

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  38. A critical barrier to improving the quality of end-of-life (EOL) cancer care is our lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying variation in EOL treatment intensity. This study aims to fill this gap by ...

    Authors: Kristin E. Knutzen, Karen E. Schifferdecker, Genevra F. Murray, Shama S. Alam, Gabriel A. Brooks, Nirav S. Kapadia, Rebecca Butcher and Amber E. Barnato

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:136

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. Hospitalisation of patients with advanced dementia is generally regarded as less preferable compared to care at home or in a nursing home. For patients with other diagnoses, young age has been associated with ...

    Authors: Lisa Martinsson, Staffan Lundström and Johan Sundelöf

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:135

    Content type: Research article

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  40. To assure patient-centred end-of-life care, palliative interventions need to account for patients’ preferences. Advance care planning (ACP) is a structured approach that allows patients, relatives and physicia...

    Authors: Carola Seifart, Martin Koch, Nico Leppin, Katharina Nagelschmidt, Jorge Riera Knorrenschild, Nina Timmesfeld, Winfried Rief and Pia von Blanckenburg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:134

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. Palliative care is increasingly becoming an accepted treatment choice for many individuals diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Yet, its utilisation is non-existent in many lower- and middle-income ...

    Authors: Catherine Sarfo-Walters and Edward Appiah Boateng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:133

    Content type: Research article

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  42. While the impact of family caregiving has been well-documented, many of such studies center on investigating external factors such as socioeconomic status, accessibility to resources and availability of social...

    Authors: Geraldine Tan-Ho, Ping Ying Choo, Paul Victor Patinadan, Casuarine Xinyi Low and Andy Hau Yan Ho

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:132

    Content type: Research article

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  43. End-of-life care is provided in a variety of healthcare settings, not just palliative care hospitals. This is one reason why it is very important to assess all barriers to end-of-life care and to provide safe ...

    Authors: Aurelija Blaževičienė, Lina Laurs and Jamesetta A. Newland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:131

    Content type: Research article

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  44. When a patient is approaching death in the intensive care unit (ICU), patients’ relatives must make a rapid transition from focusing on their beloved one’s recovery to preparation for their unavoidable death. ...

    Authors: Margo M. C. van Mol, Sebastian Wagener, Jos M. Latour, Paul A. Boelen, Peter E. Spronk, Corstiaan A. den Uil and Judith A. C. Rietjens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:130

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  45. Advanced cancer affects people’s lives, often causing stress, anxiety and depression. Peer mentor interventions are used to address psychosocial concerns, but their outcomes and effect are not known. Our objec...

    Authors: Catherine Walshe, Diane Roberts, Lynn Calman, Lynda Appleton, Robert Croft, Suzanne Skevington, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Gunn Grande and Guillermo Perez Algorta

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:129

    Content type: Research article

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  46. To understand the status of residents’ awareness of and demand for hospice care services in Hangzhou and to provide a reference for promoting the formulation of hospice care-related policies in China.

    Authors: Yanhong Xie, Ying Xu, Shulan Yang, Jing Yan, Xiao Qing Jin and Caixia Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:128

    Content type: Research article

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  47. The supportive hospice aged residential exchange (SHARE) is a new model of palliative care education that has been designed for residential aged care. The goal of SHARE is to help clinical staff improve pallia...

    Authors: Rosemary Frey, Sophia Barham, Deborah Balmer, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson and Merryn Gott

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:127

    Content type: Research article

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