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  1. The World Health Organisation (WHO) endorses integrated palliative care which has a significant impact on quality of life and satisfaction with care. Effective integration between hospices, palliative care ser...

    Authors: Sheila Payne, Sean Hughes, Joann Wilkinson, Jeroen Hasselaar and Nancy Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:32

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Opioids are prescribed in over 40% of patients with advanced cancer, but side effects occur frequently. In this study we evaluated the development and treatment of opioid induced constipation (OIC), and OIC re...

    Authors: Elisabeth C. W. Neefjes, Hanneke van der Wijngaart, Maurice J. D. L. van der Vorst, Diederik ten Oever, Hans J. van der Vliet, Aart Beeker, Christiaan A. Rhodius, Hendrik P. van den Berg, Johannes Berkhof and Henk M. W. Verheul

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:31

    Content type: Research article

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  3. There is a dearth of literature that investigates life transitions of young adults (YAs) with life-limiting conditions, families and professionals. The scant literature that is available has methodological lim...

    Authors: Divya Jindal-Snape, Bridget Johnston, Jan Pringle, Timothy B. Kelly, Rosalind Scott, Libby Gold and Raymond Dempsey

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:30

    Content type: Research article

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  4. A significant proportion of patients with advanced cancer undergo palliative radiotherapy (RT) within their last 30 days of life. This study characterizes palliative RT at our institution and aims to identify ...

    Authors: Susan Y. Wu, Lisa Singer, Lauren Boreta, Michael A. Garcia, Shannon E. Fogh and Steve E. Braunstein

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:29

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Spiritual care competencies are among the primary professional skills that enable best practices in nursing. Assessing these competencies and identifying those that are insufficient are important tasks. The tr...

    Authors: Yanli Hu, Fan Li and Jeng-Fong Chiou

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:27

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Advance care planning (ACP) can offer benefits to patients and their families, especially when delivered in outpatient settings, but uptake remains low. Common barriers for health professionals include a perce...

    Authors: Hilary Miller, Janice Tan, Josephine M. Clayton, Anne Meller, Oshana Hermiz, Nicholas Zwar and Joel Rhee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:25

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Little is known of how to organize non-malign palliative care, and existing knowledge show that patients with COPD live with unmet palliative needs and low quality of life. With the intent to improve palliativ...

    Authors: D. G. Bove, M. O. Jellington, M. Lavesen, K. Marså and S. F. Herling

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:24

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Currently available indicators of quality pediatric palliative care tend to focus on care provided during the end-of-life period rather than care provided throughout the disease trajectory. We adapted a previo...

    Authors: Kimberley Widger, Sarah Brennenstuhl, Jacqueline Duc, Ann Tourangeau and Adam Rapoport

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:23

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, are a growing health concern within the veteran population. Palliative care programs have mainly focused on the needs of people with malignant disease in the past, however ...

    Authors: Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid and Paula Carvalho

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:22

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Indicators for the quality of palliative care are a priority of caregivers and managers to allow improvement of various care settings and their comparison. The involvement of patients and families is of paramo...

    Authors: Frédéric Guirimand, Patricia Martel-Samb, Christian Guy-Coichard, Stéphane Picard, Bernard Devalois, Laure Copel, Anne Abel and Véronique Ghadi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:19

    Content type: Research article

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  11. It is not known which attributes of care are valued the most by those who experience hospice services. Such knowledge is integral to service development as it facilitates opportunities for continuous improveme...

    Authors: Nicole Marie Hughes, Jane Noyes, Lindsay Eckley and Trystan Pritchard

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:18

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Home-based palliative care is an essential resource for many communities. We conducted a qualitative study to explore perceptions of a home-based palliative care programme in Kerala, India, from the perspectiv...

    Authors: Rekha Rachel Philip, Emilie Venables, Abdulla Manima, Jaya Prasad Tripathy and Sairu Philip

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:16

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Compassion has been identified as important for therapeutic relationships in clinical medicine however there have been few empirical studies looking at how compassion is expressed different contexts. The purpo...

    Authors: A. L. Roze des Ordons, L. MacIsaac, J. Everson, J. Hui and R. H. Ellaway

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:15

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Although patients in palliative care commonly report high emotional and spiritual needs, effective psychosocial treatments based on high quality studies are rare. First research provides evidence for benefits ...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Friederike Koehler, Martin Weber, Hubert J. Bardenheuer, Beate Ditzen and Jens Kessler

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Pancreatic cancer is noted for its late presentation at diagnosis, limited prognosis and physical and psychosocial symptom burden. This study examined associations between timing of palliative care referral (P...

    Authors: Natasha Michael, Greta Beale, Clare O’Callaghan, Adelaide Melia, William DeSilva, Daniel Costa, David Kissane, Jeremy Shapiro and Richard Hiscock

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:13

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Since 2007, the German statutory health insurance covers Specialized Outpatient Palliative Care (SAPV). SAPV offers team-based home care for patients with advanced and progressive disease, complex symptoms and...

    Authors: Antje Freytag, Markus Krause, Anna Bauer, Bianka Ditscheid, Maximiliane Jansky, Sabine Krauss, Thomas Lehmann, Ursula Marschall, Friedemann Nauck, Werner Schneider, Kathleen Stichling, Horst Christian Vollmar, Ulrich Wedding and Winfried Meißner

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:12

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Despite access to quality care at the end-of-life (EOL) being considered a human right, it is not equitable, with many facing significant barriers. Most research examines access to EOL care for homogenous ‘nor...

    Authors: K. I. Stajduhar, A. Mollison, M. Giesbrecht, R. McNeil, B. Pauly, S. Reimer-Kirkham, N. Dosani, B. Wallace, G. Showler, C. Meagher, K. Kvakic, D. Gleave, T. Teal, C. Rose, C. Showler and K. Rounds

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:11

    Content type: Research article

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  18. An essential aspect of palliative care nursing is to conserve the dignity of the patient. A Dignity Care Intervention (DCI) has been developed in Scotland to facilitate this role for nurses. The DCI is now bei...

    Authors: Ulrika Östlund, Karin Blomberg, Annika Söderman and Carina Werkander Harstäde

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:10

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Lay family caregivers of patients receiving palliative care often confront stressful situations in the care of their loved ones. This is particularly true for families in the home-based palliative care setting...

    Authors: Michael Galatsch, Holly G. Prigerson, Wilfried Schnepp, Friederike zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Jian Li

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:9

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Migrants seem to be underrepresented in palliative care in Germany. Access barriers and challenges in care remain unclear. We aimed to provide a comprehensive insight into palliative care for migrants, using e...

    Authors: Maximiliane Jansky, Sonja Owusu-Boakye and Friedemann Nauck

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:8

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The Advanced Lung Disease Service is a unique, new model of integrated respiratory and palliative care, which aims to address the unmet needs of patients with advanced, non-malignant, respiratory diseases. Thi...

    Authors: Natasha Smallwood, Thomas Moran, Michelle Thompson, Peter Eastman, Brian Le and Jennifer Philip

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:7

    Content type: Research article

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  22. There is considerable uncertainty surrounding the medications used to delay the progression of dementia, especially their long-term efficacy and when to withdraw treatment with these agents. Current research r...

    Authors: Carole Parsons and Sarah Gamble

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:6

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Palliative care was a priority issue in the Cancer Control Act enacted in 2007 in Japan, and this has resulted in efforts being made toward educational goals in clinical settings. An investigation of how descr...

    Authors: Miwa Hinata, Kikuko Miyazaki, Natsuko Kanazawa, Kumiko Kito, Sachiko Kiyoto, Manako Konda, Akira Kuriyama, Hiroko Mori, Sachiko Nakaoka, Akiko Okumura, Hironobu Tokumasu and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:5

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The aim of the study was to assess four evidence-based assessments utilising exercise challenges that induce breathlessness, each with progressively less demanding levels of exertion, which can be tailored to ...

    Authors: Kahren M. White, Meera R. Agar and David C. Currow

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:4

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Currently, there are no formalized measures for the quality of home based palliative care in Ontario. This study developed a set of potential quality indicators for seriously ill home care clients using a stan...

    Authors: Lisa E. Harman, Dawn M. Guthrie, Joachim Cohen, Anja Declercq, Kathryn Fisher, Donna Goodridge, John P. Hirdes and Hsien Seow

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:3

    Content type: Research article

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  26. For the year 2018, the French government plans a revision of bioethics laws, including certainly the recent Claeys-Leonetti law introducing the right to deep and continuous sedation at the request of palliativ...

    Authors: Claire Vitale, Alexandre de Nonneville, Marie Fichaux and Sebastien Salas

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:2

    Content type: Case report

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  27. End-of-life conversations are rarely initiated by care staff in long-term care facilities. A possible explanation is care staff’s lack of self-efficacy in such conversations. Research into the determinants of ...

    Authors: Kirsten Evenblij, Maud ten Koppel, Tinne Smets, Guy A. M. Widdershoven, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen and H. Roeline W. Pasman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2019 18:1

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Sleep disturbance is a significant issue, particularly for patients with advanced terminal illness. Currently, there are no practice-based recommended approaches for managing sleep and circadian disruptions in...

    Authors: Rana Sagha Zadeh, Elizabeth Capezuti, Paul Eshelman, Nicole Woody, Jennifer Tiffany and Ana C. Krieger

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:131

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Rapid effective responsiveness to patient needs is pivotal to high quality palliative care. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) people are susceptible to life-limiting illnesses at younger ages ...

    Authors: John A. Woods, Claire E. Johnson, Hanh T. Ngo, Judith M. Katzenellenbogen, Kevin Murray and Sandra C. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:130

    Content type: Research article

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  30. An understanding of how to implement person-centred interventions in palliative and end of life care is lacking, particularly for supporting family carers. To address this gap, we investigated components relat...

    Authors: J. Diffin, G. Ewing, G. Harvey and G. Grande

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:129

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Until recently, palliative care (PC) resources in Finland have been sparse. To meet the increasing need for PC an end-of-life (EOL) care project has been ongoing in South Western Finland since 2012, and in 201...

    Authors: Outi M. Hirvonen, Jenni E. Alalahti, Kari J. Syrjänen and Sirkku M. Jyrkkiö

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:128

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Patients who engage in Advance Care Planning (ACP) are more likely to get care consistent with their values. We sought to determine the barriers and facilitators to ACP engagement after discharge from hospital.

    Authors: Vanessa Peck, Sabira Valiani, Peter Tanuseputro, Sunita Mulpuru, Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Edward Fitzgibbon, Alan Forster and Daniel Kobewka

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:127

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Quality of Life (QoL) is the most important outcome for patients in palliative care along with symptom alleviation. Metastatic prostate cancer (mPC) is a life-threatening illness, and hence, a palliative care ...

    Authors: Maja Holm, Sandra Doveson, Olav Lindqvist, Agneta Wennman-Larsen and Per Fransson

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:126

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Evidence about the effectiveness of music therapy for improving the quality of life of palliative care patients is positive but weak in terms of risk of bias.

    Authors: Sam Porter, Tracey McConnell, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Joan Regan, Miriam McKeown, Jenny Kirkwood, Mike Clarke, Evie Gardner, Saskie Dorman, Kerry McGrillen and Joanne Reid

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:125

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Anticipatory grief (AG) among caregivers of people with dementia is common and has been found to be related to negative health outcomes. Previous studies showed different patterns of AG between spousal and adu...

    Authors: Daphne Sze Ki Cheung, Ken Hok Man Ho, Tsz Fung Cheung, Simon Ching Lam and Mimi Mun Yee Tse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:124

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Many terminally ill patients in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) fail to receive needed medical attention and social support. In 2016 a primary healthcare centreer (PHCC) in Doboj (BiH) requested the methodological an...

    Authors: S. Aebischer Perone, R. Nikolic, R. Lazic, E. Dropic, T. Vogel, B. Lab, S. Lachat, P. Hudelson, C. Matis, S. Pautex and F. Chappuis

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:123

    Content type: Research article

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  37. As understandings of the impacts of end-of-life experiences on parents’ grief and bereavement increase, so too does the inclusion of bereaved parents into research studies exploring these experiences. However,...

    Authors: Ashleigh E. Butler, Helen Hall and Beverley Copnell

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:122

    Content type: Research article

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  38. After publication, the authors noticed some minor errors in “Nested qualitative sub-study” section, first paragraph of the section, page 7 of the published article.

    Authors: Anastasia K. Kalpakidou, Chris Todd, Vaughan Keeley, Jane Griffiths, Karen Spencer, Victoria Vickerstaff, Rumana Z. Omar and Patrick Stone

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:121

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:101

  39. The treatment of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis represents one of the most significant challenges to global health. Despite guidance on improving treatment outcomes, there is little focus on how to support i...

    Authors: Joseph M. Sawyer, Rahul Asgr, Florence N. Todd Fordham and John D.H. Porter

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:120

    Content type: Research article

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  40. People experiencing homelessness often encounter progressive incurable somatic diseases in combination with psychiatric and psychosocial problems, and many need palliative care at the end of their lives. Littl...

    Authors: Anke J E de Veer, Barbara Stringer, Berno van Meijel, Renate Verkaik and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:119

    Content type: Research article

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  41. A national Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation policy was rolled out for the National Health Service in Wales in 2015. A national steering group led on producing information videos and a website for p...

    Authors: Mark Taubert, James Norris, Sioned Edwards, Veronica Snow and Ilora Gillian Finlay

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:118

    Content type: Technical advance

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  42. End-of-life care (EoLC) is an experience that touches the lives of everyone. Dying in an acute hospital is a common occurrence in developed countries across the world. Previous studies have shown that there is...

    Authors: Sarah Donnelly, Geraldine Prizeman, Diarmuid Ó Coimín, Bettina Korn and Geralyn Hynes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:117

    Content type: Research article

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  43. More patients are dying in non-palliative care settings than in palliative care settings. How health care providers care for adult patients at the end-of-life stage in non-palliative care settings has not been...

    Authors: Xiao Bin Lai, Frances Kam Yuet Wong and Shirley Siu Yin Ching

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:116

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines recommend early access to palliative care together with optimal, disease-directed therapy for people with advanced disease, however, this occurs infreque...

    Authors: Natasha Smallwood, David Currow, Sara Booth, Anna Spathis, Louis Irving and Jennifer Philip

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:115

    Content type: Research article

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  45. As the do not resuscitate” (DNR) discussion involves communication, this study explored (1) the effects of a title that included “allow natural death”, and of information contents and outcomes of the decision; a...

    Authors: Sheng-Yu Fan, Ying-Wei Wang and I-Mei Lin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2018 17:114

    Content type: Research article

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