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  1. Advance care planning (ACP) is the process supporting individuals with life-limiting illness to make informed decisions about their future healthcare. Ethnic disparities in ACP have been widely highlighted, bu...

    Authors: Jodie Crooks, Sophie Trotter and Gemma Clarke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:43
  2. A third of patients with advanced cancer and bone metastasis suffer from cancer induced bone pain (CIBP), impeding quality of life, psychological distress, depression and anxiety. This study will evaluate the ...

    Authors: Natasha Michael, Merlina Sulistio, Robert Wojnar and Alexandra Gorelik
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:42
  3. Nurturing effective physician-patient relationships is essential to the provision of patient-centred care. Palliative care physicians may apply boundary-crossings or breaches in professional standards to nurtu...

    Authors: Chong Yao Ho, Nicole-Ann Lim, Nur Diana Abdul Rahman, Min Chiam, Jamie Xuelian Zhou, Gillian Li Gek Phua, Eng Koon Ong, Crystal Lim, Anupama Roy Chowdhury and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:41
  4. New Zealand recently introduced law permitting terminally ill people to request and receive assisted dying (AD) in specified circumstances. Given the nature and complexity of this new health service, research ...

    Authors: Jessica Young, Jeanne Snelling, Sophie Beaumont, Kate Diesfeld, Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Jacqualine Robinson, Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll, Gary Cheung, Aida Dehkhoda, Richard Egan, James Jap, Te Hurinui Karaka-Clarke, Leanne Manson, Cam McLaren and Janine Winters
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:40
  5. Palliative care (PC) improves Quality of life and reduces the symptom burden. Aggressive treatments at end of life (EOL) postpone PC. The aim of this single-center retrospective study was to evaluate the timin...

    Authors: Nelli-Sofia Nåhls, Riikka-Leena Leskelä, Tiina Saarto, Outi Hirvonen and Anu Anttonen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:39
  6. Dementia leads to multiple issues including difficulty in communication and increased need for care and support. Discussions about the future often happen late or never, partly due to reluctance or fear. In a ...

    Authors: Danielle Nimmons, Jill Manthorpe, Emily West, Greta Rait, Elizabeth L Sampson, Steve Iliffe and Nathan Davies
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:38
  7. Palliative care teams work under challenging conditions in a sensitive setting with difficult tasks. The multi-professional team can play an important role. Mindfulness and compassion-based practices are used ...

    Authors: Franziska Lautwein, Manuela Schallenburger, Alexandra Scherg, Daniel Schlieper, André Karger, Yesche Udo Regel, Jacqueline Schwartz and Martin Neukirchen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:37
  8. The COVID-19 pandemic impacts on working routines and workload of palliative care (PC) teams but information is lacking how resource use and associated hospital costs for PC changed at patient-level during the...

    Authors: Farina Hodiamont, Caroline Schatz, Eva Schildmann, Zulfiya Syunyaeva, Katerina Hriskova, Constanze Rémi, Reiner Leidl, Susanne Tänzler and Claudia Bausewein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:36

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:56

  9. Majority of residents in long-term care facilities (LTCF) have limited and delayed access to palliative care even though many suffer from incurable chronic illnesses that will likely require the provision of p...

    Authors: Emmanuel Bagaragaza, Isabelle Colombet, Mireille Perineau, Philippe Aegerter and Frédéric Guirimand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:35
  10. Clinical experts experienced challenges in the practice of palliative sedation (PS) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rapid deterioration in patients’ situation was observed while the indications for starting PS s...

    Authors: Maaike Rijpstra, Evelien Kuip, Jeroen Hasselaar and Kris Vissers
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:34
  11. The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) has developed the Spiritual Well-being Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-SWB32), a measure of spiritual well-being validated with people receiving ...

    Authors: Raimo Goyarrola, Jari Lipsanen, Suvi-Maria Saarelainen, Raili Suviranta, Eeva Rahko, Annamarja Lamminmäki, Tuula Klaavuniemi, Satu Ahtiluoto, Antti Ohvanainen, Pekka Metso and Reino Pöyhiä
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:33
  12. In this editorial, we highlight the interaction between patients who are diagnosed with severe mental illness and their treatment within palliative care, a clinical area of specialized focus which has a multit...

    Authors: Eva Katharina Masel, Bárbara Antunes and Christian Schulz-Quach
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:31
  13. Nurses require advanced competence in palliative care, but they face wide variations in education and a shortage in opportunities for clinical placement. Simulation-based learning (SBL) can enable students to ...

    Authors: Karoline Skedsmo, Andréa Aparecida Gonçalves Nes, Hege Vistven Stenseth, Kristin Hofsø, Marie Hamilton Larsen, Deborah Hilderson, Dieter Smis, Carina Lundh Hagelin, Camilla Olaussen, Marianne Trygg Solberg, Hanne Maria Bingen, Mia Alexandra Ølnes and Simen A. Steindal
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:30
  14. Compared to aggressive treatment for patients at the end stage of life, hospice care might be more likely to satisfy such patients’ need and benefits and improve their dignity and quality of life. Whether the ...

    Authors: Tsung-Hsien Yu, Frank Leigh Lu, Chung-Jen Wei and Wei-Wen Wu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:29
  15. Hospital chaplains aid patients confronting challenges related to palliative and end-of-life care, but relatively little is known about how chaplains view and respond to such needs among Muslim patients, and h...

    Authors: Robert Klitzman, Gabrielle Di Sapia Natarelli, Elizaveta Garbuzova, Stephanie Sinnappan and Jay Al-Hashimi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:28
  16. Nursing home entry often marks the transition into the end-of-life. In 2018, Germany legally introduced reimbursement for advance care planning (ACP according to § 132 g SGB V) in nursing homes that applied fo...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Anna Levke Brütt, Jona T Stahmeyer, Anne W E Bockelmann, Tanja Schleef, Anna Völkel and Falk Hoffmann
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:27
  17. Palliative day care clinics (PDCCs) complement inpatient and home palliative care and provide access to a range of multi-professional services. However, they are not part of standard care in Germany. Yet, inte...

    Authors: Anne Müller, Alfred Paul, Johannes Best, Stephanie Kunkel, Raymond Voltz and Julia Strupp
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:26
  18. Depression in patients with cancer is frequently underestimated and causes major suffering to patients and families. This study purposed to determine the prevalence of, and factors associated with, depressive ...

    Authors: Jarurin Pitanupong, Wannapa Phirom, Rungarun Kittichet and Kanthee Anantapong
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:25
  19. Advance Care Planning (ACP) enables patients to define and discuss their goals and preferences for future medical treatment and care. However, the structural implementation of ACP interventions remains challen...

    Authors: Eline V. T. J. van Lummel, Yoeki Meijer, Dave H. T. Tjan and Johannes J. M. van Delden
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:24
  20. Psychological distress is a major concern for patients with end-stage heart failure (HF). However, psychiatric care for patients with HF is not as organized as that for patients with cancer. Therefore, the aim...

    Authors: Kanako Ichikura, Shiho Matsuoka, Hiroki Chiba, Hina Ishida, Yuko Fukase, Hanako Murase, Hirokuni Tagaya, Takashi Takeuchi and Eisuke Matsushima
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:23
  21. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a common symptom in cancer patients treated with opioids with a prevalence of up to 59%. International guidelines recommend standard laxatives such as macrogol/electrolytes...

    Authors: K.R.J. Kistemaker, A. de Graeff, M. Crul, G. de Klerk, P.M. van de Ven, M.P. van der Meulen, L. van Zuylen and M.A.H. Steegers
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:22
  22. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and severe and profoundly impact the end-of-life care experience, including service provision. There is a paucity of research examining healthcare workers’ experien...

    Authors: Marguerite Kelly, Imogen Mitchell, Iain Walker, Jane Mears and Brett Scholz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:21
  23. Older people with noncancer conditions are less likely to be referred to palliative care services due to the inherent uncertain disease trajectory and a lack of standardised referral criteria. For older adults...

    Authors: Arisa Kawashima and Catherine J. Evans
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:20
  24. The communication processes between different stakeholders in outpatient palliative care face challenges when multiprofessional teams want to keep each other updated on patient information. Meanwhile, the soft...

    Authors: Anastasia Suslow, Chantal Giehl, Jannis Hergesell, Horst Christian Vollmar and Ina Otte
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:19
  25. We have several major concerns about this article [Guastella et al 2021]. Although it states that it is about palliative sedation, it is not. Rather, it is about the French Claeys Leonetti Law about Continuous...

    Authors: Robert Twycross, Christina Faull, David Wenzel and David Oliver
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:18

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:68

    The Matters Arising to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:17

  26. We read with interest the letter by Twycross and al on our article recently published in BMC Palliative Care. The authors suggest that the term palliative sedation has been used inappropriately and they consid...

    Authors: V. Guastella, A. Greil, C. Lambert and A. Lautrette
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:17

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:18

  27. Cancer is the third highest cause of death in Kenya. Eighty percent of cancer cases arrive at advanced stages, when there is nothing that can be done to cure them, and palliative care is the best alternative. ...

    Authors: Wesley Too, Faith Lelei, Mary Adam and Pete Halestrap
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:16
  28. Pain is a common symptom in palliative care cancer patients and is often insufficiently relieved. In recent years, transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) of the motor cortex has been shown to be effect...

    Authors: Jean-Paul Nguyen, Hélène Gaillard, Alcira Suarez, Élie Terzidis-Mallat, Diane Constant-David, Aurélien Van Langhenhove, Adrien Evin, Catherine Malineau, Son V. O. Tan, Alaa Mhalla, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur and Julien Nizard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:15
  29. Assessing and measuring the experience and quality of care provided is central to the improvement of care delivery of all healthcare systems. This paper reports on the development of a survey instrument to cap...

    Authors: Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Daniela Rohde, Conor Foley, Tracy O’Carroll and Róisín Murphy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:14
  30. Authors: Karin Zimmermann, Michael Simon, Katrin Scheinemann, Eva Maria Tinner Oehler, Michèle Widler, Simone Keller, Günther Fink, Stefan Mitterer, Anne-Kathrin Gerber, Stefanie von Felten and Eva Bergstraesser
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:13

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:188

  31. The tremendous physical and mental burden that comes with caregiving puts the intimate partners of patients diagnosed with advanced cancer at risk for mental disorders. However, most partners seem to be protec...

    Authors: Sophie Opsomer, Sofie Joossens, Emelien Lauwerier, Jan De Lepeleire and Peter Pype
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:12
  32. Initially developed in the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) the 3 Wishes Project (3WP) provides personalized, compassionate care to dying patients and their families. The ob...

    Authors: Julie C. Reid, Brittany Dennis, Neala Hoad, France Clarke, Rajendar Hanmiah, Daniel Brandt Vegas, Anne Boyle, Feli Toledo, Jill C. Rudkowski, Mark Soth, Diane Heels-Ansdell, Andrew Cheung, Kathleen Willison, Thanh H. Neville, Jason Cheung, Anne Woods…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:11
  33. All cancer patients, except for a small fraction, seek treatment after becoming aware of the disease. That small fraction do not seek any treatment due to various reasons, and this phenomenon is unknown to us....

    Authors: Hamid Reza Khankeh, Reza Vojdani, Mahboobeh Saber and Mohamadhadi Imanieh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:10
  34. As primary care populations age, timely identification of palliative care need is becoming increasingly relevant. Previous studies have targeted particular patient populations with life-limiting disease, but f...

    Authors: Ethan P. Heinzen, Patrick M. Wilson, Curtis B. Storlie, Gabriel O. Demuth, Shusaku W. Asai, Gavin M. Schaeferle, Mairead M. Bartley and Rachel D. Havyer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:9
  35. Palliative sedation involves the intentional lowering of consciousness at the end of life. It can be initiated to relieve a patient’s burden caused by refractory symptoms at the end of life. The impact of pall...

    Authors: Maaike Rijpstra, Kris Vissers, Carlos Centeno, Johan Menten, Lukas Radbruch, Sebastiano Mercadante, Michael Van der Elst, Claudio Adile, Maria Arantzamendi, Evelien Kuip, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston and Jeroen Hasselaar
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:8
  36. Authors: Kelly Jia Hui Teo, Mac Yu Kai Teo, Anushka Pisupati, Rui Song Ryan Ong, Chloe Keyi Goh, Claire Hui Xian Seah, You Ru Toh, Neha Burla, Natalie Song Yi Koh, Kuang Teck Tay, Yun Ting Ong, Min Chiam, Warren Fong, Limin Wijaya, Suzanne Pei Lin Goh and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:7

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:200

  37. Research has shown that routinely assessed, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) have positive effects in patients with advanced oncologic diseases. However, the transferability of these results to specia...

    Authors: Evelyn Müller, Regine Mayer-Steinacker, Deniz Gencer, Jens Keßler, Bernd Alt-Epping, Stefan Schönsteiner, Helga Jäger, Bettina Couné, Luise Elster, Muhammet Keser, Julia Rauser, Susanne Marquardt and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:6
  38. Access to palliative care is an emerging global public health challenge. In Chile, a palliative care law was recently enacted to extend palliative care coverage to the non-oncologic population. Thus, a reliabl...

    Authors: Nicolás Armijo, Tomás Abbot, Manuel Espinoza, Ximena Neculhueque and Carlos Balmaceda
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:5
  39. Limited efficacy has been observed when using opioids to treat neuropathic pain. Lidocaine patches reduce neuropathic pain in postherpetic neuralgia, but their benefits for cancer-related neuropathic pain rema...

    Authors: Jui-Hung Tsai, I-Ting Liu, Pei-Fang Su, Ying-Tzu Huang, Ge-Lin Chiu, Yu-Yeh Chen, Wei-Shu Lai and Peng-Chan Lin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:4
  40. Pneumonia in cancer patients is often problematic in order to decide whether to admit and administer antibiotics or pursue a comfort care pathway that may avoid in-hospital death. We aimed to identify factors ...

    Authors: Chanchanok Aramrat, Thawalrat Ratanasiri and Patama Gomutbutra
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:3
  41. Primary care providers play a critical role in providing early palliative care to their patients. Despite the availability of clinical education on best practices in palliative care, primary care providers oft...

    Authors: Hsien Seow, Daryl Bainbridge, Samantha Winemaker, Kelli Stajduhar, Gregory Pond, Kathy Kortes-Miller, Denise Marshall, Frances Kilbertus, Jeff Myers, Leah Steinberg, Nadia Incardona, Oren Levine and Jose Pereira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:2
  42. Although being recognized by the World Health Organization as an essential domain of palliative care, spiritual care is still one of the most neglected component of the healthcare system. In this editorial, we...

    Authors: Barry Quinn and Michael Connolly
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:1
  43. Palliative care for patients with advanced cancer improves suffering symptoms, and quality of life (QoL). However, routine implementation of palliative care by specialty palliative care consultation is still a...

    Authors: Pitchayapa Pornrattanakavee, Tassaya Srichan, Kasan Seetalarom, Siriwimon Saichaemchan, Nittha Oer-areemitr and Naiyarat Prasongsook
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:229
  44. Due to the complexity of the provision of care for people with dementia, pain assessment and management is still considered to be lacking. An optimal way to support frontline staff in providing pain assessment...

    Authors: Frank Spichiger, Thomas Volken, Georg Bosshard, Nicole Zigan, Geneviève Blanc, Andreas Büscher, Martin Nagl-Cupal, Mathieu Bernard, Eve Rubli Truchard, Philip Larkin and Andrea Koppitz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:228
  45. Patients at the end-of-life may experience refractory symptoms of which pain, delirium, vomiting and dyspnea are the most frequent. Palliative sedation can be considered a last resort option to alleviate one o...

    Authors: M. Van der Elst, S. Payne, M. Arantzamendi, N. Preston, J. Hasselaar, C. Centeno, A. Belar, B. Jaspers, H. Brunsch, S. Surges, C. Adile and J. Menten
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:227
  46. Psychosocial interventions are rapidly emerging in palliative care. However, randomized trials often fail to provide evidence for their effectiveness with regard to patient-reported outcomes. Stress biomarkers...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Martin Stoffel, Friederike Koehler, Hubert J. Bardenheuer, Jens Kessler and Beate Ditzen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:226
  47. Providing palliative care to patients who withdraw from life-sustaining treatments is crucial; however, delays or the absence of such services are prevalent. This study used natural language processing and net...

    Authors: Wei-Chin Tsai, Yun-Cheng Tsai, Kuang-Cheng Kuo, Shao-Yi Cheng, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Tai-Yuan Chiu and Hsien-Liang Huang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:225
  48. Authors: Sam Straw, Melanie McGinlay, Michael Drozd, Thomas A. Slater, Alice Cowley, Stephe Kamalathasan, Nicholas Maxwell, Rory A. Bird, Aaron O. Koshy, Milos Prica, Peysh A. Patel, Samuel D. Relton, John Gierula, Richard M. Cubbon, Mark T. Kearney and Klaus K. Witte
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:224

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2021 20:10

  49. Chile presents a context of an aging population and increased life expectancy, leading to many older adults (OA) needing palliative care (PC) during the course of their illness. The SPICT-ES™ is an instrument ...

    Authors: Ximena Farfán-Zuñiga and Melissa Zimmermann-Vildoso
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:223

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