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  1. 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

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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

  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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

  14. Prognostic accuracy is important throughout all stages of the illness trajectory as it has implications for the timing of important conversations and decisions around care. Physicians often tend to over-estima...

    Authors: Nicole Williams, Kirsten Hermans, Joachim Cohen, Anja Declercq, Ahmed Jakda, James Downar, Dawn M. Guthrie and John P. Hirdes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:174
  15. 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

  16. Most care-dependent people live at home, where they also would prefer to die. Unfortunately, this wish is often not fulfilled. This study aims to investigate place of death of home care recipients, taking char...

    Authors: Rieke Schnakenberg, Alexander Maximilian Fassmer, Katharina Allers and Falk Hoffmann
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:172
  17. Few studies have explored gender differences in the attitudes toward advanced care planning and the intention to withhold life-sustaining treatments (LSTs) involving severe dementia in Asian countries. We exam...

    Authors: Duan-Rung Chen, Jih-Shuin Jerng, Daniel Fu-Chang Tsai and Yuchi Young
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:171
  18. Social support is described by patients and other stakeholders to be a valuable component of palliative day care. Less is known about the range of hospice services that have been used in practice that facilita...

    Authors: NM Bradley, CF Dowrick and M Lloyd-Williams
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:170
  19. Effective symptom control is a stated goal of palliative care (PC) to improve quality of life for terminally ill patients. Virtual reality (VR) provides temporary escapes from pharmacologically resistant pain ...

    Authors: Miriam Guenther, Dennis Görlich, Florian Bernhardt, Esther Pogatzki-Zahn, Burkhard Dasch, Janina Krueger and Philipp Lenz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:169
  20. Monitoring the development of palliative care (PC) illustrates the capacity of health systems to respond to the needs of people experiencing serious health-related suffering.

    Authors: Miguel Antonio Sánchez-Cárdenas, Nasim Pourghazian, Eduardo Garralda, Danny van Steijn, Slim Slama, Edgar Benítez, Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau and Carlos Centeno
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:168
  21. The advance directive represents patients’ health care choices and fosters patients’ autonomy. Nevertheless, understanding patients’ wishes based on the information provided in advance directives remains a cha...

    Authors: Julia Felicitas Leni Koenig, Thomas Asendorf, Alfred Simon, Annalen Bleckmann, Lorenz Truemper, Gerald Wulf and Tobias R. Overbeck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:167
  22. Cancer pain may be refractory to standard pharmacological treatment. Interventional procedures are important for quality of analgesia. The aim of the present study was to clarify the availability of four inter...

    Authors: Yuko Uehara, Yoshihisa Matsumoto, Toshifumi Kosugi, Miyuki Sone, Naoki Nakamura, Akio Mizushima, Mitsunori Miyashita, Tatsuya Morita, Takuhiro Yamaguchi and Eriko Satomi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:166
  23. Advance care planning (ACP) and goals of care discussions are important instruments that enable respect for patient autonomy, especially in patients with a life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Despite the...

    Authors: Laiane Moraes Dias, Mirella Rebello Bezerra, Williams Fernandes Barra, Ana Emília Vita Carvalho, Luísa Castro and Francisca Rego
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:165
  24. Living with a parent facing life-threatening illness and losing a mom or dad at a young age can cause both short- and long-term health problems. Without satisfactory support, adolescents’ and young people are ...

    Authors: Emily Bergersen, Maria Larsson, Malin Lövgren and Cecilia Olsson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:164
  25. Chinese clinical nurses are increasingly confronting patient death, as the proportion of hospital deaths is growing. Witnessing patient suffering and death is stressful, and failure to cope with this challenge...

    Authors: Jinxin Zhang, Yingjuan Cao, Mingzhu Su, Joyce Cheng and Nengliang Yao
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:163
  26. There is limited literature around how palliative care organizations determine the degree to which they will interface with voluntary assisted dying in jurisdictions where it is legal. The aim of this research...

    Authors: Kirsten Auret, Terri J. Pikora, Kate Gersbach and Robert J. Donovan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:161
  27. There is evidence that a companion animal (CA) or ‘pet’ can be helpful during the management of chronic illness. However, the psychological effects of CAs and the mechanism by which they can be beneficial to i...

    Authors: William R. G. McGhee, Martin Dempster and Lisa Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:160
  28. The purpose of this secondary-analysis study was to identify never-before-examined factors associated with distinct depressive-symptom trajectories among family caregivers from end-of-life caregiving through t...

    Authors: Fur-Hsing Wen, Wen-Chi Chou, Po-Jung Su, Ming-Mo Hou, Wen-Chi Shen, Mei Huang Hsu and Siew Tzuh Tang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:156
  29. The provision of palliative care is increasing, with many people dying in community-based settings. It is essential that communication is effective if and when patients transition from hospice to community pal...

    Authors: Katharine Weetman, Jeremy Dale, Sarah J. Mitchell, Claire Ferguson, Anne M. Finucane, Peter Buckle, Elizabeth Arnold, Gemma Clarke, Despoina-Elvira Karakitsiou, Tracey McConnell, Nikhil Sanyal, Anna Schuberth, Georgia Tindle, Rachel Perry, Bhajneek Grewal, Katarzyna A. Patynowska…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:155
  30. Palliative care (PC) is a strongly emerging discipline worldwide. Despite efforts to integrate this important topic in the medical curriculum in Belgium, still little time is spent on PC and its implementation...

    Authors: Mick van de Wiel, Katrien Bombeke and Annelies Janssens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:154
  31. The limited access to palliative care resources along with the social stigma around cancer largely explains the poor quality of life (QoL) of Indian advanced cancer patients. As advanced cancer patients with p...

    Authors: Anjum S. Khan Joad, Arati Hota, Pratima Agarwal, Krimal Patel, Kinjal Patel, Jyotika Puri and Soye Shin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:153
  32. Non-cancer patients experience the chronic process of disease that increases the patients’ suffering as well as families’ care burden. Although two-thirds of deaths are caused by non-cancer diseases, there is ...

    Authors: Hyoeun Jang, Kyunghwa Lee, Sookyung Kim and Sanghee Kim
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:151
  33. Much of our knowledge of patient autonomy of DNR (do-not-resuscitate) is derived from the cross-sectional questionnaire surveys. Using signatures on statutory documents and medical records, we analyzed longitu...

    Authors: Ru-Yih Chen, Ying-Chun Li, Kuang-Chieh Hsueh, Fu-Wei Wang, Hong-Jhe Chen and Tzu-Ya Huang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:149
  34. Palliative care (PC) is an essential part of oncologic care, but its optimal role within a cancer center remains unclear. This study examines oncology healthcare providers’ perspectives about the role of PC at...

    Authors: Trenley M. Anderson, Megan M. Farrell, Gabriel Moss, Mona Gupta, Stefanie Mooney, Katherine Daunov, Megan Savernick, Jan Frandsen, Kolby Verrona, Aryn Pecoraro, Cassandra Mance, Jorge Garcia and Richard T. Lee
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:148
  35. The purpose of this study was to investigate the sociodemographic factors related to psychological distress, spirituality, and resilience, and to examine the mediating role of spirituality with respect to psyc...

    Authors: Luka Mihic-Gongora, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Raquel Hernandez, Mireia Gil-Raga, Vilma Pacheco-Barcia, Aránzazu Manzano-Fernández, Susana Hernando-Polo, Mónica Antoñanzas-Basa, María J. Corral, María Valero-Arbizu and Caterina Calderon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:146
  36. Death literacy includes the knowledge and skills that people need to gain access to, understand, and make informed choices about end of life and death care options. The Death Literacy Index (DLI) can be used t...

    Authors: Lisa Graham-Wisener, Paul Toner, Rosemary Leonard and Jenny M. Groarke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:145
  37. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged health care systems worldwide. In Germany, patients in a palliative care setting have the opportunity to receive treatment by a specialised mobil...

    Authors: Jonas Behnke, Philipp Friedrich Arndt, Michael John Cekay, Daniel Berthold, Birgit Herentin, Rio Dumitrascu, Ulf Sibelius and Bastian Eul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:144
  38. Demoralization is a psychological response that is frequently observed in patients with cancer or advanced diseases. It is affected by national characteristics, culture, disease characteristics and general con...

    Authors: Pei-Ling Tang, Huey-Shyan Lin, Hsiu-Hung Wang, Li-Yu Hu and Fan-Hao Chou
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:143
  39. Growing numbers of people with advanced illnesses who wish to die at home, a concurrent decline in the accessibility of professional home care, and policies aiming at prolonging work participation are increasi...

    Authors: Femmy M. Bijnsdorp, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Cécile R. L. Boot, Allard J. van der Beek and H. Roeline W. Pasman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:142
  40. Dealing with life-limiting illnesses, death, dying and grief, is uncharted territory for medical graduates. It is a field that is heavily influenced by cultural, religio-spiritual and social factors. This adds...

    Authors: Nwabata Oji, Tonia Onyeka, Olaitan Soyannwo, Piret Paal and Frank Elsner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:141

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:201

  41. Palliative care is among the standards of care in cancer treatment that should be provided to those in need within the existing healthcare system. In Ethiopia, patients with cervical cancer experience a long w...

    Authors: Tolcha Kebebew, Annah Mosalo and Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:140
  42. Advanced childhood cancer, a condition with no available cancer-focused treatment options, greatly impacts Quality of Life (QoL). We need appropriate assessment strategies to select adapted treatment targets, ...

    Authors: Josianne Avoine-Blondin, Émilie Dumont, Marc-Antoine Marquis, Michel Duval and Serge Sultan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2022 21:138

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