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  1. Loss of dignity for people with advanced cancer is associated with high levels of psychological and spiritual distress and the loss of the will to live. Dignity Therapy is a brief psychotherapy, which has been...

    Authors: Sue Hall, Polly Edmonds, Richard Harding, Harvey Chochinov and Irene J Higginson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:5
  2. For the further development of palliative care, it is relevant to gain insight into trends in non-acute mortality. The aim of this article is twofold: (a) to provide insight into ten-year trends in the charact...

    Authors: Lud FJ van der Velden, Anneke L Francke, Lammert Hingstman and Dick L Willems
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:4
  3. There are no validated measuring tools to gauge the effectiveness of a Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Team (PCCT). One way would be to consider its effect on the consumption of opioids expressed in tota...

    Authors: Carlos Centeno, María Angustias Portela, Antonio Noguera, Antonio Idoate and Álvaro Sanz Rubiales
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:2
  4. This study examines the prevalence and nature of bereavement help-seeking among the population who experienced an "expected" death in the five years before their survey response. Such whole population data are...

    Authors: David C Currow, Katrina Allen, John Plummer, Samar Aoun, Meg Hegarty and Amy P Abernethy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:19
  5. Long-acting opioid formulations are advocated for maintaining pain control in chronic cancer pain. OROS® hydromorphone is a sustained-release formulation of hydromorphone that requires dosing once daily to mainta...

    Authors: Magdi Hanna and John Thipphawong
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:17
  6. Many patients with advanced, serious, non-malignant disease belong to the population generally seen on medical wards. However, little research has been carried out on palliative care needs in this group. The a...

    Authors: Katrin Ruth Sigurdardottir and Dagny Faksvåg Haugen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:16
  7. Spouses' involvement in palliative care is often a prerequisite for home death, but it is unclear whether active involvement of the spouse, e.g. administering and being in charge of oral or subcutaneous medica...

    Authors: Anna Weibull, Frede Olesen and Mette Asbjoern Neergaard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:15
  8. During the last stage of life, palliative care patients often experience episodes of respiratory distress, bleeding, pain or seizures. In such situations, caregivers may call emergency medical services leading...

    Authors: Christoph HR Wiese, Andrea Vossen-Wellmann, Hannah C Morgenthal, Aron F Popov, Bernhard M Graf and Gerd G Hanekop
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:11
  9. The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) was first introduced in1996 as a new tool for measurement of performance status in palliative care. PPS has been used in many countries and has been translated into other...

    Authors: Francis Ho, Francis Lau, Michael G Downing and Mary Lesperance
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:10
  10. There is increasing interest in improving the quality of care that patients with advanced dementia receive when they are dying. Our understanding of the palliative care needs of these patients and the natural ...

    Authors: Elizabeth L Sampson, Ingela Thuné-Boyle, Riitta Kukkastenvehmas, Louise Jones, Adrian Tookman, Michael King and Martin R Blanchard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:8
  11. Palliative care has been proposed for progressive non-cancer conditions but there have been few evaluations of service developments. We analysed recruitment, compliance and follow-up data of a fast track (or w...

    Authors: Irene J Higginson, Sam Hart, Rachel Burman, Eli Silber, Tariq Saleem and Polly Edmonds
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:7
  12. Recent research shows that the prevalence of patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic renal failure (CRF) continues to rise over the ne...

    Authors: Daisy JA Janssen, Emiel FM Wouters, Jos MGA Schols and Martijn A Spruit
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:5
  13. Most people prefer home palliation but die in an institution. Some experience decisional conflict when weighing options regarding place of care. Clinicians can identify patients' decisional needs and provide d...

    Authors: Mary Ann Murray, Annette O'Connor, Dawn Stacey and Keith G Wilson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:4
  14. The cachexia-anorexia syndrome impacts on patients' physical independence and quality of life. New treatments are required and need to be evaluated using acceptable and reliable outcome measures, e.g. the asse...

    Authors: Andrew Wilcock, Matthew Maddocks, Mary Lewis, Paul Howard, Jacky Frisby, Sarah Bell, Bisharat El Khoury, Cathann Manderson, Helen Evans and Simon Mockett
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:3
  15. Discrepancies between the information that patients have received and the patients' awareness of their condition have frequently been observed in literature and given a number of different explanations. The ch...

    Authors: Lena Hoff and Göran Hermerén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:2
  16. Knowledge about the quality and organisation of care to terminally ill cancer patients with a relatives' view in a primary health care setting is limited.

    Authors: Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Frede Olesen, Anders Bonde Jensen and Jens Sondergaard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:1
  17. Much money and energy has been spent on the study of the molecular biology of malignant brain tumours. However, little attention has been paid to the wishes of patients afflicted with these incurable tumours, ...

    Authors: Nir Lipsman, Abby Skanda, Jonathan Kimmelman and Mark Bernstein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:7
  18. End-of-life care has become an issue of great clinical and public health concern. From analyses of official death certificates, we have societal knowledge on how many people die, at what age, where and from wh...

    Authors: Lieve Van den Block, Viviane Van Casteren, Reginald Deschepper, Nathalie Bossuyt, Katrien Drieskens, Sabien Bauwens, Johan Bilsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:6
  19. The care of palliative patients challenges the health care system in both quantity and quality. Especially the role of primary care givers needs to be strengthened to provide them with the knowledge and the co...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Katja Hermann, Antje Miksch, Peter Engeser and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:5
  20. "Terminal sedation" regarded as the use of sedation in (pre-)terminal patients with treatment-refractory symptoms is controversially discussed not only within palliative medicine. While supporters consider ter...

    Authors: Alfred Simon, Magdalene Kar, José Hinz and Dietmar Beck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:4
  21. The Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) is recommended as a pain measurement tool by the Expert Working Group of the European Association of Palliative Care. The BPI is designed to assess both pain severity and interfe...

    Authors: Guri Stenseth, Marit Bjørnnes, Stein Kaasa and Pål Klepstad
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:2
  22. Many studies have been published about giving and receiving bad messages. However, only a few of them have followed the patients all the way through a disease as is done in this study. Many studies have been w...

    Authors: Lena Hoff, Ulf Tidefelt, Lars Thaning and Göran Hermerén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:1
  23. Palliative care has been proposed to help meet the needs of patients who suffer progressive non-cancer conditions but there have been few evaluations of service development initiatives. We report here a novel ...

    Authors: Irene J Higginson, Bella Vivat, Eli Silber, Tariq Saleem, Rachel Burman, Sam Hart and Polly Edmonds
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:7
  24. Although the attitude among doctors toward disclosing a cancer diagnosis is becoming more positive, informing patients of their disease has not yet become a common practice in Japan. We examined the psychologi...

    Authors: Yuko Maeda, Akihito Hagihara, Eiko Kobori and Takeo Nakayama
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:6
  25. Patients often experience changes or transitions in where and by whom they are cared for at the end of life. These cause stress for both patients and families. Although not all transitions during the end of li...

    Authors: Beverley Lawson, Frederick I Burge, Patrick Critchley and Paul McIntyre
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:4
  26. HIV/AIDS treatment programs are currently being mounted in many developing nations that include palliative care services. While measures of palliative care have been developed and validated for resource rich s...

    Authors: Gregory Pappas, R Cameron Wolf, Guy Morineau and Richard Harding
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:3
  27. Several surveys in Japan have indicated that most terminally ill Japanese patients would prefer to die at home or in a homelike setting. However, there is a great disparity between this stated preference and t...

    Authors: Limin Yang, Naoko Sakamoto and Eiji Marui
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:2
  28. Home based care of HIV/AIDS patients is a health need recommended but not often available in Africa. Population based assessment helps to identify unmet health needs to plan services. Careful assessment and fo...

    Authors: Cameron Bowie, Linda Kalilane, Paul Cleary and Claire Bowie
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:1
  29. The Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS) is a gold standard scale. The Thorne-modified KPS (TKPS) focuses on community-based care and has been shown to be more relevant to palliative care settings than the origi...

    Authors: Amy P Abernethy, Tania Shelby-James, Belinda S Fazekas, David Woods and David C Currow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:7
  30. Dyspnea, or shortness of breath, is a common symptom in patients with advanced cancer. Pharmacologic management is of proven benefit, but it does not help all patients. Preliminary data suggest that acupunctur...

    Authors: Andrew J Vickers, Marc B Feinstein, Gary E Deng and Barrie R Cassileth
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:5
  31. Transitions in the location of care and in who provides such care can be extremely stressful for individuals facing death and for those close to them. The objective of this study was to describe the distributi...

    Authors: Frederick I Burge, Beverley Lawson, Patrick Critchley and David Maxwell
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:3
  32. Research indicating that people increasingly prefer to die at home suggests that palliative care is likely to play a more prominent role in the future of Canada's health care system. Unfortunately, at a time w...

    Authors: Diane E Allan, Kelli I Stajduhar and R Colin Reid
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:2
  33. With a growing trend for those with advanced cancer to die at home, there is a corresponding increase in need for primary medical care in that setting. Yet those with lower incomes and in rural regions are oft...

    Authors: Frederick I Burge, Beverley Lawson and Grace Johnston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2005 4:1
  34. Advanced ovarian cancer is the leading non-breast gynaecologic cause of malignant pleural effusion. Aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of mitoxantrone sclerotherapy as a palliative treatment of malig...

    Authors: Nikolaos Barbetakis, Michalis Vassiliadis, Konstantinos Kaplanis, Rosalia Valeri and Christodoulos Tsilikas
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2004 3:4
  35. Prior studies attempting to improve end-of-life care have focused on specific outcomes deemed important to healthcare providers, with disappointing results. Improvement may be best achieved by identifying conc...

    Authors: Jeff Powis, Edward Etchells, Douglas K Martin, Susan K MacRae and Peter A Singer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2004 3:2
  36. Although guidelines for the care of the dying patient exist the evidence base to support the guidelines is poor. Some of the factors contributing to this include failure to recruit to trials, protective health...

    Authors: Andrew Fowell, Ian Russell, Ros Johnstone, Ilora Finlay and Daphne Russell
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2004 3:1

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