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  1. An increased number of emergency visits at the end of life may indicate poor-quality cancer care. The study aimed to investigate the prevalence and utilization of emergency visits and to explore the reasons fo...

    Authors: Yi-Hui Lee, Dachen Chu, Nan-Ping Yang, Chien-Lung Chan, Shun-Ping Cheng, Jih-Tung Pai and Nien-Tzu Chang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:25
  2. The effects of the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) have never been investigated in older patients dying in acute geriatric hospital wards and its content and implementation have never been adapted to this specifi...

    Authors: Rebecca Verhofstede, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Massimo Costantini, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Agnes van der Heide and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:24
  3. There is an increasing international policy direction to promote home death for dying patients which will impact on the demands placed on family carers. The early identification of carer needs and appropriate ...

    Authors: Katherine Knighting, Mary R O’Brien, Brenda Roe, Rob Gandy, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Mike Nolan and Barbara A Jack
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:22
  4. One essential element of research is the successful recruitment of participants. However, concerns are obvious regarding the ethical implications of involving terminally ill and even dying patients and their i...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Maria Heckel, Sonja Bussmann, Martin Weber and Christoph Ostgathe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:21
  5. There are many potential benefits to chaplaincy in transforming into a “research-informed” profession. However little is known or has been documented about the roles of chaplains on research teams and as resea...

    Authors: Allison Kestenbaum, Jennifer James, Stefana Morgan, Michele Shields, Will Hocker, Michael Rabow and Laura B Dunn
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:20
  6. The information needs of parents facing end-of-life decisions for their child are complex due to the wide-ranging dimensions within which such significant events unfold. While parents acknowledge that healthca...

    Authors: Vicki Xafis, Dominic Wilkinson and Jane Sullivan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:19
  7. The clinical course for hematologic malignancy varies widely and no prognostic tool is available for patients with a hematologic malignancy under palliative care. To assess the application of the Palliative Pr...

    Authors: Wen-Chi Chou, Chen-Yi Kao, Po-Nan Wang, Hung Chang, Hung-Ming Wang, Pei-Hung Chang, Kun-Yun Yeh and Yu-Shin Hung
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:18
  8. The challenge of an ageing population and consequential increase of long term conditions means that the number of people requiring palliative care services is set to increase. One UK hospice is introducing new...

    Authors: Steven M Arris, Deborah A Fitzsimmons and Susan Mawson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:17
  9. Family caregivers in palliative care have a need for knowledge and support from health professionals, resulting in the need for educational and supportive interventions. However, research has mainly focused on...

    Authors: Maja Holm, Ida Carlander, Carl-Johan Fürst, Yvonne Wengström, Kristofer Årestedt, Joakim Öhlen and Anette Henriksson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:16
  10. Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of planning for future healthcare that is facilitated by a trained healthcare professional, whereby a person’s values, beliefs and treatment preferences are made know...

    Authors: Marcus Sellars, Karen M Detering and William Silvester
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:15
  11. Advance care planning (ACP) facilitates communication and understanding of preferences, nevertheless the use of ACPs in primary care is low. The uncertain course of dementia and the inability to communicate wi...

    Authors: Kevin Brazil, Gillian Carter, Karen Galway, Max Watson and Jenny T van der Steen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:14
  12. Illness attributions, particularly for those living with life limiting illnesses, are associated with emotional adjustment or psychological distress. Few studies have examined attributions among people severel...

    Authors: Jonathan Koffman, Cassie Goddard, Wei Gao, Diana Jackson, Pauline Shaw, Rachel Burman, Irene J Higginson and Eli Silber
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:13
  13. Despite recognition of the centrality of professional board-certified chaplains (BCC) in palliative care, the discipline has little research to guide its practices. To help address this limitation, HealthCare ...

    Authors: Richard A Powell, Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, John Lantos, Laura B Dunn, Ellen L Idler, Diane J Wilkie, Kevin Massey, William T Summerfelt, Marilyn JD Barnes, Tammie E Quest, Allison Kestenbaum, Karen Steinhauser, George Fitchett, Angelika Zollfrank, Annette K Olsen…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:12
  14. More people die in hospital than in any other setting which is why it is important to study the outcomes of hospital care at end of life. This study analyses what influenced outcomes in a sample of patients wh...

    Authors: Kieran McKeown, Trutz Haase, Jonathan Pratschke, Shelagh Twomey, Helen Donovan and Feline Engling
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:11
  15. Chaplains are increasingly seen as key members of interdisciplinary palliative care teams, yet the specific interventions and hoped for outcomes of their work are poorly understood. This project served to deve...

    Authors: Kevin Massey, Marilyn JD Barnes, Dana Villines, Julie D Goldstein, Anna Lee Hisey Pierson, Cheryl Scherer, Betty Vander Laan and Wm Thomas Summerfelt
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:10
  16. Providing person-centred, dignity-conserving care for hospitalised patients is central to many healthcare policies and essential to the provision of effective palliative care. The Patient Dignity Question (PDQ) “

    Authors: Bridget Johnston, Jan Pringle, Marion Gaffney, Melanie Narayanasamy, Margaret McGuire and Deans Buchanan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:9
  17. Dignity Therapy (DT), an intervention for people facing serious illness, focuses on dignity conservation tasks such as settling relationships, sharing words of love, and preparing a legacy document for loved o...

    Authors: George Fitchett, Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, Lara Boyken and Diana J Wilkie
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:8
  18. Many patients wish to stay at home during the terminal stage of cancer. However, there is concern that medical care provided at home may negatively affect survival. This study therefore explored whether the su...

    Authors: Nozomu Murakami, Kouichi Tanabe, Tatsuya Morita, Shinichi Kadoya, Masanari Shimada, Kaname Ishiguro, Naoki Endo, Koichiro Sawada, Yasunaga Fujikawa, Rumi Takashima, Yoko Amemiya, Hiroyuki Iida, Shiro Koseki, Hatsuna Yasuda and Tatsuhiko Kashii
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:7
  19. There are a number of studies dedicated to characteristics of sedation, but these studies are mostly bound to western country practices. The aim of this study is to describe the characteristics of patients who...

    Authors: Xiaoli Gu, Wenwu Cheng, Menglei Chen, Minghui Liu and Zhe Zhang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:5
  20. The use of chemotherapy in advanced cancer patients has increased with the development of novel, high-efficacy anticancer therapeutic agents. In the current study, we analyzed the 10-year trends in patients re...

    Authors: Hee Seung Lee, Kyeong Hyeon Chun, Dochang Moon, Hahn Kyu yeon, Sanghoon Lee and SooHyeon Lee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:4
  21. Understanding the predictors of a quick death following diagnosis may improve timely access to palliative care. The objective of this study was to explore whether factors in the 24 months prior to a colorectal...

    Authors: Robin Urquhart, Grace Johnston, Mohamed Abdolell and Geoff A Porter
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:2
  22. Conversations about end-of-life care remain challenging for health care providers. The tendency to delay conversations about care options represents a barrier that impedes the ability of terminally-ill patient...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Bélanger, Charo Rodríguez, Danielle Groleau, France Légaré, Mary Ellen Macdonald and Robert Marchand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:63
  23. An international discussion about whether or not to legally permit euthanasia and (or) physician assisted suicide (EAS) is ongoing. Unbearable suffering in patients may result in a request for EAS. In the Neth...

    Authors: Cees DM Ruijs, Gerrit van der Wal, Ad JFM Kerkhof and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:62
  24. Spiritual caregiving is part of palliative care and may contribute to well being at the end of life. However, it is a neglected area in the care and treatment of patients with dementia. We aimed to examine pre...

    Authors: Jenny T van der Steen, Marie-José HE Gijsberts, Cees MPM Hertogh and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:61
  25. Music therapy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in different palliative care settings. Despite its long tradition and high acceptance by other health-care professionals, evidence on th...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Jens Kessler, Julian Koenig, Alexander F Wormit, Thomas K Hillecke and Hubert J Bardenheuer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:60
  26. The interRAI Palliative Care (interRAI PC) assessment instrument provides a standardized, comprehensive means to identify person-specific need and supports clinicians to address important factors such as aspec...

    Authors: Shannon Freeman, John P Hirdes, Paul Stolee, John Garcia, Trevor Frise Smith, Knight Steel and John N Morris
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:58
  27. During the last few decades, patients’ rights have been reinforced in many countries by acts of law. Measures now include health care proxies to uphold the doctor-patient relationship and advance directives fo...

    Authors: Sophie Trarieux-Signol, Stéphane Moreau, Marie-Pierre Gourin, Amélie Penot, Geoffroy Edoux de Lafont, Pierre-Marie Preux and Dominique Bordessoule
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:57
  28. We undertook a modified systematic review of research regarding educational approaches to and effectiveness of pre-registration palliative care nursing, to inform the development of a short course in palliativ...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Jane Seymour and Karen Cox
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:56
  29. The initiation of end of life care in an acute stroke context should be focused on those patients and families with greatest need. This requires clinicians to synthesise information on prognosis, patterns (tra...

    Authors: Christopher R Burton, Sheila Payne, Mary Turner, Tracey Bucknall, Jo Rycroft-Malone, Pippa Tyrrell, Maria Horne, Lupetu Ives Ntambwe, Sarah Tyson, Helen Mitchell, Sion Williams and Salah Elghenzai
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:55
  30. Repeated and long hospitalizations of cancer patients at the end of life have been suggested as indicators of low quality of palliative care. Comparing the care delivered between different countries with the h...

    Authors: Maaike L De Roo, Anneke L Francke, Lieve Van den Block, Gé A Donker, Jose E Lozano Alonso, Guido Miccinesi, Sarah Moreels, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Andrea Salvetti and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:54
  31. In the current public debate in France about end-of-life and legalization of euthanasia, palliative care is considered as a suitable answer or an alternative or even a supplement to euthanasia. The debate is b...

    Authors: Frédéric Guirimand, Etienne Dubois, Lucy Laporte, Jean-François Richard and Danièle Leboul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:53
  32. The number of people living with advanced cancer and chronic disease has increased worldwide. Many of these patients could benefit from palliative care, focusing on optimising the quality of life of patients a...

    Authors: Marlieke van der Eerden, Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Sean Hughes, Lukas Radbruch, Johan Menten, Jeroen Hasselaar and Marieke Groot
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:52
  33. An increasing number of patients receive palliative chemotherapy near the end of life. The aim of this study is to evaluate the aggressiveness of chemotherapy in Turkish individuals near the end of life.

    Authors: Sema Sezgin Goksu, Seyda Gunduz, Dilek Unal, Mukremin Uysal, Deniz Arslan, Ali M Tatlı, Hakan Bozcuk, Mustafa Ozdogan and Hasan S Coskun
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:51
  34. The use of palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is variable in advanced cancer. Little is known about PRT utilization by end-of-life (EOL) cancer patients in Canada. This study examined the PRT utilization rates and ...

    Authors: Jin Huang, Elaine S Wai, Francis Lau and Paul A Blood
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:49
  35. Care homes are increasingly becoming places where people spend the final stages of their lives and eventually die. This trend is expected to continue due to population ageing, yet little is known about public ...

    Authors: Natalia Calanzani, Katrien Moens, Joachim Cohen, Irene J Higginson, Richard Harding, Luc Deliens, Franco Toscani, Pedro L Ferreira, Claudia Bausewein, Barbara A Daveson, Marjolein Gysels, Lucas Ceulemans and Barbara Gomes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:48
  36. COPD is a progressive lung disorder with rates of mortality between 36–50%, within 2 years after admission for an acute exacerbation. While treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and steroids may partially rel...

    Authors: Catherine Weber, Jerome Stirnemann, François R Herrmann, Sophie Pautex and Jean- Paul Janssens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:47
  37. The effectiveness and safety of switch from oral oxycodone to fentanyl patch is little known. Here, we investigated if early phase opioid switch from low dose of oral oxycodone to transdermal fentanyl matrix p...

    Authors: Seigo Minami, Takashi Kijima, Takeshi Nakatani, Suguru Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Ogata, Haruhiko Hirata, Takayuki Shiroyama, Taro Koba and Kiyoshi Komuta
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:46
  38. A minority of patients with incurable and advanced disease receive specialised palliative care. Specialised palliative care services that complement the care of difficult and complex cases ought to be integrat...

    Authors: Joachim Erlenwein, Almut Geyer, Julia Schlink, Frank Petzke, Friedemann Nauck and Bernd Alt-Epping
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:45
  39. The focus of Specialized Palliative Care (SPC) is to improve care for patients with incurable diseases and their families, which includes the opportunity to make their own choice of place of care and ultimatel...

    Authors: Mie Nordly, Kirstine Skov Benthien, Hans Von Der Maase, Christoffer Johansen, Marie Kruse, Helle Timm, Eva Soelberg Vadstrup, Geana Paula Kurita, Annika Berglind von Heymann-Horan and Per Sjøgren
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:44
  40. Palliative care is a vital component of patient-centered care. It has increasingly become central to the management and care of seriously ill patients by integrating physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suppo...

    Authors: Christina Slota, Connie M Ulrich, Claiborne Miller-Davis, Karen Baker and Gwenyth R Wallen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:43
  41. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is one of the major symptoms in palliative care with a prevalence of 30-50%. Methylnaltrexone for the treatment of OIC is significantly more effective than placebo, but only i...

    Authors: Elisabeth CW Neefjes, Maurice JDL van der Vorst, Manon SA Boddaert, Wouter WA Zuurmond, Hans J van der Vliet, Aart Beeker, Hendrik P van den Berg, Cornelis J van Groeningen, Suzan Vrijaldenhoven and Henk MW Verheul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:42
  42. The aims of this study were: 1) to assess the frequency of insomnia among patients during admission in a Palliative Care Unit (PCU); 2) to study the association between emotional distress and insomnia, taking ...

    Authors: Anna Renom-Guiteras, José Planas, Cristina Farriols, Sergi Mojal, Ramón Miralles, Maria A Silvent and Ada I Ruiz-Ripoll
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:40
  43. Pain in advanced cancer is complex and multifaceted. In older patients comorbidities and age-related functional decline add to the difficulties in managing cancer pain. The current emphasis on care in the comm...

    Authors: Christine J McPherson, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Alana Devereaux and Michelle M Lobchuk
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:39

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