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  1. 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
  2. Despite that early integration of palliative care is recommended in advanced cancer patients, referrals to outpatient specialised palliative care (SPC) frequently occur late. Well-defined referral criteria are...

    Authors: S. Müller, M. Fink, J. Hense, M. R. Salvador Comino, M. Schuler, M. Teufel and M. Tewes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:221
  3. Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is an effective treatment for managing symptoms of advanced cancer. At least half of all radiation treatments are delivered with palliative intent, aimed at relieving symptoms, su...

    Authors: Melissa O’Neil, Timothy K. Nguyen, Joanna Laba, Robert Dinniwell, Andrew Warner and David A. Palma
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:220
  4. Little direction exists on how to effectively implement palliative care for patients with COPD. In the COMPASSION study, we developed, executed, and evaluated a multifaceted implementation strategy to improve ...

    Authors: Johanna M. C. Broese, Rianne M. J. J. van der Kleij, Els M. L. Verschuur, Huib A. M. Kerstjens, Yvonne Engels and Niels H. Chavannes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:219
  5. Neurological diseases cause numerous challenges in palliative care. Telemedicine may improve the access to specialized expertise in neurology for patients, their relatives, and palliative care physicians. The ...

    Authors: Shirin Gatter, Kirsten Brukamp, Daniela Adolf, Jürgen Zerth, Stefan Lorenzl and Christiane Weck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:218
  6. Since 2016, France is the only country in the World where continuous deep sedation until death (CDSUD) is regulated by law. CDSUD serves as a response to refractory suffering in palliative situations where the...

    Authors: L. Fasse, N. Roche, C. Flahault, M. Garrouste-Orgeas, M. Ximenes, A. Pages, A. Evin, S. Dauchy, F. Scotte, JB. Le Provost, F. Blot and C. Mateus
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:217
  7. Such patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient-centered outcome measures as the Integrated Palliative Care Outcome Scale (IPOS), Phase of Illness, and IPOS Views on Care (IPOS VoC), facilitate pati...

    Authors: Hannah Seipp, Jörg Haasenritter, Michaela Hach, Dorothée Becker, Dania Schütze, Jennifer Engler, Stefan Bösner and Katrin Kuss
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:216
  8. Although a significant proportion of children with cancer need palliative care, few are referred or referred late, with oncologists and haematologists gatekeeping the referral process. We aimed to explore the ...

    Authors: Naveen Salins, Sean Hughes and Nancy Preston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:215
  9. General practitioners (GPs) play a key role in the provision of primary palliative care (PC). The identification of patients who might benefit from PC and the timely initiation of patient-centred PC measures a...

    Authors: Kambiz Afshar, Katharina van Baal, Birgitt Wiese, Tanja Schleef, Stephanie Stiel, Gabriele Müller-Mundt and Nils Schneider
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:214
  10. Interdisciplinary collaboration between healthcare providers with regard to consultation, transfer and advice in terminal care is both important and challenging. The use of video communication in terminal care...

    Authors: Richard M. H. Evering, Marloes G. Postel, Harmieke van Os-Medendorp, Marloes Bults and Marjolein E. M. den Ouden
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:213
  11. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and a cancer death is a major risk factor for pathological bereavement. This systematic review of the literature aimed to identify biopsychosocial and exi...

    Authors: Marie Hasdenteufel and Bruno Quintard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:212
  12. Resources for healthcare professionals, patients and those important to them relating to planning and coordinating treatment and care at the end of life are abundant, and can be difficult to navigate. However,...

    Authors: Edric Aram Ramirez-Valdez, Clare Leong, Frances Wu, Sarah Ball, Giulia Maistrello, Graham Martin and Zoë Fritz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:211
  13. The identification of patients with advanced chronic conditions and palliative care needs is essential since their care represents one of the main challenges for public health systems. The study aimed to deter...

    Authors: Agnès Calsina-Berna, Jordi Amblàs Novellas, Jesús González-Barboteo, Ignasi Bardés Robles, Elba Beas Alba, Marisa Martínez-Muñoz, Rafael Madariaga Sánchez and Xavier Gómez Batiste Alentorn
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:210
  14. Early palliative care (PC) has shown beneficial effects for advanced cancer patients. However, it is still debated what criteria to use to identify patients for PC referral.

    Authors: Alessandra Pigni, Sara Alfieri, Augusto Tommaso Caraceni, Ernesto Zecca, Viviana Fusetti, Antonino Tallarita and Cinzia Brunelli
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:209
  15. Little is known about patients’ intention for participation in end-of-life decisions (EOLD) in three coastal provinces in southern China. This study aimed to explore the willingness of patients with cancer pai...

    Authors: Xi Ke, Hongyu Zhu, Yu Zhang, Ling Yang, Simei Shi, Fang Zhu and Huiyu Luo
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:207
  16. While research is needed to advocate for implementation of global agendas to strengthen palliative care, healthcare professionals’ research literacy must improve to bridge the gap between evidence and practice...

    Authors: Powell RA, Ali Z, N Gikaara, S Qanungo, Melikam ES and Cartmell KB
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:206
  17. Chronic heart failure is a common condition, and its prevalence is expected to rise significantly over the next two decades. Research demonstrates the increasing multidimensional needs of patients and caregive...

    Authors: Stephanie Hicks, Martin Davidson, Nikolaos Efstathiou and Ping Guo
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:205
  18. Individuals’ willingness to engage in advance care planning is influenced by factors such as culture and religious beliefs. While most studies on advance care planning in Asia have been performed in high-incom...

    Authors: Diah Martina, Christina Yeni Kustanti, Rahajeng Dewantari, Noorwati Sutandyo, Rudi Putranto, Hamzah Shatri, Christantie Effendy, Agnes van der Heide, Carin C. D. van der Rijt and Judith A. C. Rietjens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:204
  19. Proper advance care planning (ACP) documentation both improves patient care and is increasingly seen as a marker of high quality by governmental payers. The transition of most medical documentation to electron...

    Authors: Adela Wu, Robert J. Huang, Gabriela Ruiz Colón, Chris Zembrzuski and Chirag B. Patel
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:203
  20. Many people living with dementia eventually require care services and spend the remainder of their lives in long-term care (LTC) homes. Yet, many residents with dementia do not receive coordinated, quality pal...

    Authors: N. Sutherland, O. St. Amant, S. Dupuis, P. Kontos, E. Wiersma and M. Brennan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:202
  21. Introduction to a multi-professional team who are working and caring for the dying, and facing complex moral and ethical dilemmas during Oncology and Palliative Medicine postings influence a medical student’s ...

    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 2022 21:200

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:7

  22. In palliative care, caring for spouses suffering from incurable diseases can provoke a range of reactions in informal caregivers that are part of the grieving process, as well as other reactions and ways of co...

    Authors: Jelena Bilić, Lea Skokandić and Livia Puljak
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:199
  23. Up to half of adults with advanced cancer report anxiety or depression symptoms, which can cause avoidance of future planning. We present a study protocol for an innovative, remotely-delivered, acceptance-base...

    Authors: Joanna J. Arch, Jill L. Mitchell, Sarah J. Schmiege, Michael E. Levin, Sarah R. Genung, Madeline S. Nealis, Regina M. Fink, Emma E. Bright, David J. Andorsky and Jean S. Kutner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:198
  24. Several studies demonstrated that cancer patients visited the emergency department (ED) frequently. This indicates unmet needs and poor-quality palliative care. We aimed to investigate the factors that contrib...

    Authors: Netsakao Dumnui, Kittiphon Nagaviroj and Thunyarat Anothaisintawee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:197
  25. Non-beneficial treatment is closely tied to inappropriate treatment at the end-of-life. Understanding the interplay between how and why these situations arise in acute care settings according to the various st...

    Authors: Jamie Jay-May Lo, Nicholas Graves, Joyce Huimin Chee and Zoe Jane-Lara Hildon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:195
  26. Little research exists on the role of β-amyloid PET scans as part of Alzheimer’s diagnostic tests and documentation of end-of-life preferences for persons with cognitive impairment. The study objectives were t...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Bélanger, Elyse Couch, Michaela S. Carroll, Nicole DePasquale, Emily A. Gadbois, Megan Shepherd-Banigan, Eric Jutkowitz, Courtney H. Van Houtven, Brenda L. Plassman and Terrie T. Wetle
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:194
  27. Those experiencing socioeconomic deprivation have poorer quality of health throughout their life course which can result in poorer quality of death – with decreased access to palliative care services, greater ...

    Authors: Sarah P Bowers, Ming Chin, Maire O’Riordan and Emma Carduff
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:193
  28. Palliative care provision for persons experiencing homelessness is often poor. A threefold consultation service intervention was expected to increase knowledge of palliative care and multidisciplinary collabor...

    Authors: Hanna T. Klop, Anke J. E. de Veer, Jaap R. G. Gootjes, Marieke Groot, Judith A. C. Rietjens and Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:192
  29. Methadone is commonly considered an alternative opioid treatment for refractory cancer pain. This study aims to investigate the efficacy, safety, and cost of methadone in the treatment of refractory cancer pain.

    Authors: Haiying Ding, Yu Song, Wenxiu Xin, Jiao Sun, Like Zhong, Qinfei Zhou, Chaoneng He, Liyan Gong and Luo Fang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:191
  30. Authors: Ian W Garner, Catherine Walshe, Lesley Dunleavy, Andy Bradshaw, Nancy Preston, Lorna K Fraser, Fliss EM Murtagh, Adejoke O Oluyase, Katherine E Sleeman, Mevhibe Hocaoglu, Sabrina Bajwah, Rachel L Chambers, Matthew Maddocks and Irene J Higginson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:190

    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:176

  31. Patients with advanced cancer are prone to experience burdensome physical, psychological, and financial consequences. Healthcare providers may not fully appreciate advanced cancer pat...

    Authors: Yueh-Chun Chen, Hsiang-Ping Huang, Tao-Hsin Tung, Ming-Yang Lee, Randal D. Beaton, Yung-Chang Lin and Sui-Whi Jane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:189
  32. The number of children and adolescents living with life-limiting conditions and potentially in need for specialised paediatric palliative care (SPPC) is rising. Ideally, a specialised multiprofessional team re...

    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 2022 21:188

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:13

  33. By sharing patient stories, health care professionals (HCPs) may communicate their attitudes, values and beliefs about caring and treatment. Previous qualitative research has shown that HCPs usually associate ...

    Authors: Kirsti Riiser, Heidi Holmen, Anette Winger, Simen A. Steindal, Charlotte Castor, Lisbeth Gravdal Kvarme, Anja Lee, Vibeke Bruun Lorentsen, Nina Misvaer and Elena Albertini Früh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:187
  34. Cancer patients are often hesitant to talk about their mental health, religious beliefs regarding the disease, and financial issues that drain them physically and psychologically. But there is a need to break ...

    Authors: Kanwal Iqbal Khan, Qurat ul An Sabir, Ambreen Shafqat and Muhammad Aslam
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:186
  35. For children with life-limiting conditions home care is a key component of pediatric palliative care. However, poor information is available on service coverage and in particular on country-specific pediatric ...

    Authors: Julia Wager, Larissa Alice Kubek, Maria Brenner, Sara Calmanti, Carmel Doyle, Malin Lövgren, Ulrika Kreicbergs, Leontien Kremer, Philippe Le Moine, Guillaume Robert, Meggi Schuiling-Otten, Peter Schröder-Bäck, Eduard Verhagen and Boris Zernikow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:185
  36. Amidst rapid population aging, South Korea enacted the Well-dying Act, late among advanced countries, but public opinion on the act is not still clear. Against this background, this study aims to: 1) investiga...

    Authors: Il Yun, Hyunkyu Kim, Eun-Cheol Park and Suk-Yong Jang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:184
  37. Patients with advanced cancer prioritise health-related quality of life (HrQoL) in end-of-life care, however an understanding of pre-death HrQoL trajectories is lacking. We aimed to delineate and describe the ...

    Authors: Jonathan Lee, Mahham Shafiq, Rahul Malhotra, Semra Ozdemir, Irene Teo and Chetna Malhotra
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:183
  38. The legalization of Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada in 2016 provided new impetus for improving palliative care. This commitment to improvement included the development of a National Palliative Care Frame...

    Authors: Barbara Pesut, Sally Thorne, Anne Huisken, David Kenneth Wright, Kenneth Chambaere, Carol Tishelman and Sunita Ghosh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:182
  39. In China, there is a culture of death-avoidance and death-denying. Influenced by this distinctive socio-cultural views surrounding death, nurses often find it challenging to handle death and care for dying pat...

    Authors: Jiong Tu, Manxuan Shen and Ziying Li
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:181

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:196

  40. End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a major chronic illness worldwide, and Taiwan reports one of the highest incidence rates of ESRD with 529 cases per million population (pmp). A number of patients with ESRD pa...

    Authors: Li-Chen Chen, I-Te Tu, I-Chen Yu, Tao-Hsin Tung, Hsiang-Ping Huang, Yung-Chang Lin, Randal D. Beaton and Sui-Whi Jane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:180
  41. Patients undergoing high-risk surgery are at a risk of sudden deterioration of their health. This study aimed to examine the feasibility of the development of two patient decision aids (PtDAs) to assist patien...

    Authors: Kanako Yamamoto, Toshimi Kaido, Tadao Yokoi, Gen Shimada, Takashi Taketa and Kazuhiro Nakayama
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:179
  42. Signing advance directives (ADs) ensures that terminally ill patients receive end-of-life care, according to their wishes, thereby promoting human dignity and sparing them from unnecessary suffering. Despite t...

    Authors: Hui Yu Chang, Naomi Takemura, Pui Hing Chau and Chia-Chin Lin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:178
  43. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and young people have experienced the death of close family members, whilst also facing unprecedented disruption to their lives. This study aimed to investigate the ...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Silvia Goss, Mirella Longo, Kathy Seddon, Anna Torrens-Burton, Eileen Sutton, Damian JJ Farnell, Alison Penny, Annmarie Nelson, Anthony Byrne and Lucy E. Selman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:177
  44. Independent charitably funded hospices have been an important element of the UK healthcare response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospices usually have different funding streams, procurement processes, and governa...

    Authors: Ian W Garner, Catherine Walshe, Lesley Dunleavy, Andy Bradshaw, Nancy Preston, Lorna K Fraser, Fliss EM Murtagh, Adejoke O Oluyase, Katherine E Sleeman, Mevhibe Hocaoglu, Sabrina Bajwah, Rachel L Chambers, Matthew Maddocks and Irene J Higginson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:176

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:190

  45. Little is known about the nature and intensity of palliative care needs of hospitalised older people. We aimed to describe the palliative care symptoms, concerns, and well-being of older people with frailty an...

    Authors: Kim de Nooijer, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Peter Pype, Lieve Van den Block and Lara Pivodic
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:173

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:208

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