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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Despite research efforts over recent decades to deepen our understanding of why some terminally ill patients express a wish to die (WTD), there is broad consensus that we need more detailed knowledge about the...

    Authors: Kathrin Ohnsorge, Heike Gudat and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:38
  4. We evaluated end of life care services in two English counties including: coordination centres, telephone advice line, ‘Discharge in Reach’ nurses, a specialist community personal care team and community nurse...

    Authors: Lesley Wye, Gemma Lasseter, John Percival, Lorna Duncan, Bethany Simmonds and Sarah Purdy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:37
  5. In 2009 two randomised cluster trials took place to assess the introduction of the Italian Version of the Liverpool Care Pathway in hospitals and hospices. Before and after data were gathered. The primary aim ...

    Authors: Emily West, Vittoria Romoli, Silvia Di Leo, Irene J Higginson, Guido Miccinesi and Massimo Costantini
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:36
  6. Hospice palliative care (HPC) is a philosophy of care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for clients with life-threatening illnesses or end of life issues. The goals of HPC are not ...

    Authors: Lialoma Salam-White, John P Hirdes, Jeffrey W Poss and Jane Blums
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:35
  7. Sedation in palliative care has received growing attention in recent years; and so have guidelines, position statements, and related literature that provide recommendations for its practice. Yet little is know...

    Authors: Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens and Lieve Van Den Block
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:34
  8. Lower socioeconomic populations live and die in contexts that render them vulnerable to poorer health and wellbeing. Contexts of care at the end of life are overwhelmingly determined by the capacity and nature...

    Authors: Joanne M Lewis, Michelle DiGiacomo, David C Currow and Patricia M Davidson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:30
  9. Advances in technology have made the use of telehealth in the home setting a feasible option for palliative care clinicians to provide clinical care and support. However, despite being widely available and acc...

    Authors: Natalie K Bradford, Jeanine Young, Nigel R Armfield, Anthony Herbert and Anthony C Smith
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:29
  10. Many people around the world are getting cancer and living longer with the disease. Thanks to improved treatment options in healthcare, patients diagnosed with advanced gastrointestinal cancer can increasingly...

    Authors: Magdalena Karlsson, Febe Friberg, Catarina Wallengren and Joakim Öhlén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:28
  11. The Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ) is an assessment tool used to evaluate patients’ perspectives of their doctor’s communication and interpersonal skills. The present pilot study investigated whether...

    Authors: Kate ME Henriksen, Naomi Heller, Anne M Finucane and David Oxenham
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:27
  12. Improving end-of-life care is an important international issue. Recently Nova Scotia researchers conducted a mortality follow-back survey to provide a population-based description of care provided to adults du...

    Authors: Fred Burge, Beverley Lawson, Grace Johnston, Yukiko Asada, Paul F McIntyre, Eva Grunfeld and Gordon Flowerdew
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:25
  13. Most people die of non-malignant disease, but most patients of specialist palliative care services have cancer. Adequate end of life care for people with non-malignant disease requires acknowledgement of their...

    Authors: Geoffrey Mitchell, Jianzhen Zhang, Letitia Burridge, Hugh Senior, Elizabeth Miller, Sharleen Young, Maria Donald and Claire Jackson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:24
  14. To determine the feasibility and acceptability of lower limb neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) as a home-based exercise therapy in patients with cancer who could not attend hospital-based exercise tr...

    Authors: Tamara Windholz, Tara Swanson, Brandy L Vanderbyl and R Thomas Jagoe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:23

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:33

  15. Family carers play an essential role in providing end-of-life care to their relatives but have been found to experience uncertainty and a lack of confidence in fulfilling their caregiving roles, prompting rece...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:22
  16. While a number of reviews have explored the attitude of health professionals toward euthanasia, none of them documented their motivations to practice euthanasia. The objective of the present systematic review ...

    Authors: Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Mireille Lavoie, Pawel Krol and Marianne Olivier-D’Avignon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:20
  17. As professional spiritual care (chaplaincy) is introduced to new cultures worldwide, it bears examining which elements of screening and care are universal and, for those elements showing cultural difference, t...

    Authors: Michael Schultz, Doron Lulav-Grinwald and Gil Bar-Sela
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:19
  18. In recent years, music therapy is increasingly used in palliative care. The aim of this pilot study was to record and describe the subjective experiences of patients and their relatives undergoing music therap...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Cordula Dietrich, Bernhard Deutz, Nadine Mittring and Claudia M Witt
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:18
  19. The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), which assesses level of sedation and agitation, is a simple observational instrument which was developed and validated for the intensive care setting. Although use...

    Authors: Shirley H Bush, Pamela A Grassau, Michelle N Yarmo, Tinghua Zhang, Samantha J Zinkie and José L Pereira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:17
  20. Since many patients spend most of the time at home at the end of life, this may affect the burden for family carers and constitute a risk factor for the patients’ hospitalisation. This study aimed to explore f...

    Authors: Maria C De Korte-Verhoef, H Roeline W Pasman, Bart PM Schweitzer, Anneke L Francke, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:16
  21. Cancer-related pain continues to be a major healthcare issue worldwide. Despite the availability of effective analgesic drugs, published guidelines and educational programs for Health Care Professionals (HCPs)...

    Authors: Carla Ida Ripamonti, Cesarina Prandi, Massimo Costantini, Elisa Perfetti, Fabio Pellegrini, Marco Visentin, Lorenza Garrino, Anna De Luca, Maria Adelaide Pessi and Carlo Peruselli
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:15
  22. While cancer patients have higher oxidative stress (OS) and lower antioxidant activity, evidence for the association of these parameters with survival in patients with terminally ill cancer is lacking.

    Authors: Chang Hwan Yeom, Youn Seon Choi, Hong Yup Ahn, Su Hey Lee and In Cheol Hwang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:14
  23. Place of death represents an important indicator for end-of-life care policy making and is related to the quality of life of patients and their families. The aim of the paper is to analyse the place of death i...

    Authors: Martin Loucka, Sheila A Payne and Sarah G Brearley
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:13
  24. Dignity therapy is a brief psychotherapy that has been shown to enhance the end of life experience. Dignity therapy often involves family carers to support patients weakened by illness and family carers are al...

    Authors: Brenda Bentley, Moira O’Connor, Lauren J Breen and Robert Kane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:12

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:19

  25. In Germany, patients severely affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) do not routinely come into contact with palliative care, even if possibly beneficial. This study was aimed at investigating how severely affect...

    Authors: Heidrun Golla, Maren Galushko, Holger Pfaff and Raymond Voltz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:11
  26. Depression in palliative care patients is important because of its intrinsic burden and association with elevated physical symptoms, reduced immunity and increased mortality risk. Identifying risk factors asso...

    Authors: Kathryn A Fisher, Hsien Seow, Kevin Brazil, Shannon Freeman, Trevor Frise Smith and Dawn M Guthrie
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:10
  27. Parents of seriously ill children participate in making difficult medical decisions for their child. In some cases, parents face situations where their initial goals, such as curing the condition, may have bec...

    Authors: Douglas L Hill, Victoria Miller, Jennifer K Walter, Karen W Carroll, Wynne E Morrison, David A Munson, Tammy I Kang, Pamela S Hinds and Chris Feudtner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:9
  28. To provide quality care at the end of life or for chronically sick patients, nurses must have good knowledge, attitude and practice about palliative care (PC). In Ethiopia PC is new and very little is known ab...

    Authors: Hiwot Kassa, Rajalakshmi Murugan, Fissiha Zewdu, Mignote Hailu and Desalegn Woldeyohannes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:6
  29. The nationwide integration of palliative care best practices into general care settings is challenging but important in improving the quality of palliative care. This is why the Dutch National Quality Improvem...

    Authors: Natasja JH Raijmakers, Jolien M Hofstede, Ellen JM de Nijs, Luc Deliens and Anneke L Francke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:5
  30. End-of-life care needs are great in Africa due to the burden of disease. This study aimed to explore public preferences and priorities for end-of-life care in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Authors: Julia Downing, Barbara Gomes, Nancy Gikaara, Grace Munene, Barbara A Daveson, Richard A Powell, Faith N Mwangi-Powell, Irene J Higginson and Richard Harding
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:4
  31. Volunteers make a major contribution to palliative patient care, and qualitative studies have been undertaken to explore their involvement. With the aim of making connections between existing studies to derive...

    Authors: Rachel Burbeck, Bridget Candy, Joe Low and Rebecca Rees
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:3
  32. The terminally ill person’s autonomy and control are important in preserving the quality of life in situations of unbearable suffering. Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) at the end of life has b...

    Authors: Nataša Ivanović, Daniel Büche and André Fringer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:1
  33. This paper focuses on the qualitative component of a study evaluating a hope intervention, entitled Living with Hope Program (LWHP), designed to foster hope in female caregivers of family members living with a...

    Authors: Allison Williams, Wendy Duggleby, Jeanette Eby, Reverend Dan Cooper, Lars K Hallstrom, Lorraine Holtslander and Roanne Thomas
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:44
  34. Children’s palliative care services are developing. Rational service development requires sound epidemiological data that are difficult to obtain owing to ambiguity in the definitions both of the population wh...

    Authors: Richard Hain, Mary Devins, Richard Hastings and Jayne Noyes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:43
  35. The reasons patients with haematological malignancies die in hospital more often than those with other cancers is the subject of much speculation. We examined variations in place of death by disease sub-type a...

    Authors: Debra A Howell, Han-I Wang, Alexandra G Smith, Martin R Howard, Russell D Patmore and Eve Roman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:42
  36. Although pain is frequently experienced by patients with cancer, it remains under-treated. The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of cancer-related neuropathic pain (CRNP) in patients wit...

    Authors: Cristina Garzón-Rodríguez, Leonidas Lyras, Luis Olay Gayoso, Juan M Sepúlveda, Epaminondas Samantas, Uwe Pelzer, Sarah Bowen, Chantal van Litsenburg and Mette Strand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:41
  37. Discussing end of life preferences can be beneficial, and it is thought that the best time to have these conversations is usually when people are well. This review aims to establish current evidence for the ef...

    Authors: Katharine Abba, Paula Byrne, Siobhan Horton and Mari Lloyd-Williams
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:40
  38. It is estimated that 39,000 Australians die from malignant disease yearly. Of these, 60% to 88% of advanced cancer patients suffer xerostomia, the subjective feeling of mouth dryness. Xerostomia has significan...

    Authors: Jane Nikles, Geoffrey K Mitchell, Janet Hardy, Meera Agar, Hugh Senior, Sue-Ann Carmont, Philip J Schluter, Phillip Good, Rohan Vora and David Currow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:39
  39. Although dysgeusia is a common adverse event in chemotherapy patients; it has not been evaluated using objective methods, and its prevalence and frequency have not been quantified.

    Authors: Hiroo Imai, Hiroshi Soeda, Keigo Komine, Kazunori Otsuka and Hiroyuki Shibata
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:38
  40. Advanced cancer patients experience considerable symptoms, problems, and needs. Early referral of these patients to specialised palliative care (SPC) could improve their symptoms and problems.

    Authors: Anna T Johnsen, Anette Damkier, Tove B Vejlgaard, Jane Lindschou, Per Sjøgren, Christian Gluud, Mette A Neergaard, Morten Aa Petersen, Lena E Lundorff, Lise Pedersen, Peter Fayers, Annette S Strömgren, Irene J Higginson and Mogens Groenvold
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:37
  41. Hope has been identified as a key psychosocial resource among family caregivers to manage and deal with the caregiver experience. The Living with Hope Program is a self-administered intervention that consists ...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Allison Williams, Lorraine Holstlander, Dan Cooper, Sunita Ghosh, Lars K Hallstrom, Roanne Thomas McLean and Mary Hampton
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:36

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