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  1. Research article

    Path modeling of knowledge, attitude and practice toward palliative care consultation service among Taiwanese nursing staff: a cross-sectional study

    The Taiwanese government has promoted palliative care consultation services (PCCS) to support terminally ill patients in acute ward settings to receive palliative care since 2005. Such an intervention can enha...

    Hsueh-Hsing Pan, Hsiu-Ling Shih, Li-Fen Wu, Yu-Chun Hung, Chi-Ming Chu and Kwua-Yun Wang

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:42

    Published on: 17 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Relatives’ perceived quality of palliative care: comparisons between care settings in which patients die

    Dying in the preferred setting is an indicator of good palliative care quality. Most people prefer to die at home. But does the quality of care as perceived by their relatives vary depending on the care settin...

    Dolf de Boer, Jolien M. Hofstede, Anke J. E. de Veer, Natasja J. H. Raijmakers and Anneke L. Francke

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:41

    Published on: 16 August 2017

  3. Debate

    Better palliative care for people with a dementia: summary of interdisciplinary workshop highlighting current gaps and recommendations for future research

    Dementia is the most common neurological disorder worldwide and is a life-limiting condition, but very often is not recognised as such. People with dementia, and their carers, have been shown to have palliativ...

    Siobhán Fox, Carol FitzGerald, Karen Harrison Dening, Kate Irving, W. George Kernohan, Adrian Treloar, David Oliver, Suzanne Guerin and Suzanne Timmons

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:9

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  4. Research article

    The impact of antiretroviral therapy on symptom burden among HIV outpatients with low CD4 count in rural Uganda: nested longitudinal cohort study

    Individuals with HIV have a high prevalence of physical and psychological symptoms throughout their disease course. Despite the clinical and public health implications of unresolved pain and symptoms, little i...

    Katie Wakeham, Richard Harding, Jonathan Levin, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi, Anatoli Kamali and David G Lalloo

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:8

    Published on: 13 July 2017

  5. Research article

    The provision of generalist and specialist palliative care for patients with non-malignant respiratory disease in the North and Republic of Ireland: a qualitative study

    Previous research and key guidelines have suggested potential models of palliative care for patients with COPD and interstitial lung disease. However, these recommendations are often not effectively implemente...

    Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid, Philip Larkin, Sam Porter and Peter Hudson

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:6

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  6. Study protocol

    Strengthening primary health care teams with palliative care leaders: protocol for a cluster randomized clinical trial

    The objective of the Balearic Islands Palliative Care (PC) Program is to improve the quality of PC through a shared model consisting of primary health care professionals, home-based PC teams, and PC units in h...

    Joan Llobera, Noemí Sansó, Amador Ruiz, Merce Llagostera, Estefania Serratusell, Carlos Serrano, María Luisa Martín Roselló, Enric Benito, Eusebio J. Castaño and Alfonso Leiva

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:4

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  7. Research article

    Mindfulness and compassion-oriented practices at work reduce distress and enhance self-care of palliative care teams: a mixed-method evaluation of an “on the job“ program

    Maintaining a sense of self-care while providing patient centered care, can be difficult for practitioners in palliative medicine. We aimed to pilot an “on the job” mindfulness and compassion-oriented meditati...

    Claudia L. Orellana-Rios, Lukas Radbruch, Martina Kern, Yesche U. Regel, Andreas Anton, Shane Sinclair and Stefan Schmidt

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:3

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  8. Research article

    Volunteer navigation partnerships: Piloting a compassionate community approach to early palliative care

    A compassionate community approach to palliative care provides important rationale for building community-based hospice volunteer capacity. In this project, we piloted one such capacity-building model in which...

    Barbara Pesut, Wendy Duggleby, Grace Warner, Konrad Fassbender, Elisabeth Antifeau, Brenda Hooper, Madeleine Greig and Kelli Sullivan

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:2

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  9. Research article

    Health care use and costs at the end of life: a comparison of elderly Australian decedents with and without a cancer history

    There is limited population-level research on end-of-life care in Australia that considers health care use and costs across hospital and community sectors. The aim of this study was to quantify health care use...

    Rebecca Reeve, Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, Julia M. Langton, Marion Haas, Rosalie Viney and Sallie-Anne Pearson

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 17:1

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Nurse-led navigation to provide early palliative care in rural areas: a pilot study

    Few services are available to support rural older adults living at home with advancing chronic illness. The objective of this project was to pilot a nurse-led navigation service to provide early palliative sup...

    Barbara Pesut, Brenda Hooper, Marnie Jacobsen, Barbara Nielsen, Miranda Falk and Brian P. O ‘Connor

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:37

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Integration and activity of hospital-based palliative care consultation teams: the INSIGHT multicentric cohort study

    Hospital-based Palliative Care Consultation Teams (PCCTs) have a consulting role to specialist services at their request. Referral of patients is often late. Early palliative care in oncology has shown its eff...

    Pascale Vinant, Ingrid Joffin, Laure Serresse, Sophie Grabar, Hélène Jaulmes, Malika Daoud, Gabriel Abitbol, Pascale Fouassier, Isabelle Triol, Sylvie Rostaing, Marie-Dominique Brette and Isabelle Colombet

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:36

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Degree of dyspnoea at admission and discharge in patients with heart failure and respiratory diseases

    Dyspnoea is a disabling symptom in patients admitted with heart failure (HF) and respiratory diseases (RD). The main aim of this study is to evaluate its intensity at admission and discharge and the relation w...

    Lourdes Vicent, Juan Manuel Nuñez Olarte, Luis Puente-Maestu, Alicia Oliva, Juan Carlos López, Andrea Postigo, Irene Martín, Raquel Luna, Francisco Fernández-Avilés and Manuel Martínez-Sellés

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:35

    Published on: 22 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Improving hospital-based end of life care processes and outcomes: a systematic review of research output, quality and effectiveness

    As in other areas of health delivery, there is a need to ensure that end-of-life care is guided by patient centred research. A systematic review was undertaken to examine the quantity and quality of data-based...

    Amy Waller, Natalie Dodd, Martin H. N. Tattersall, Balakrishnan Nair and Rob Sanson-Fisher

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:34

    Published on: 19 May 2017

  14. Research article

    What are the differences among occupational groups related to their palliative care-specific educational needs and intensity of interprofessional collaboration in long-term care homes?

    The purpose of this study was to compare the differences across occupational groups related to their end-of-life care-specific educational needs and reported intensity of interprofessional collaboration in lon...

    S. Kaasalainen, T. Sussman, M. Bui, N. Akhtar-Danesh, R. D. Laporte, L. McCleary, A. Wickson Griffiths, K. Brazil, D. Parker, V. Dal Bello-Haas, A. Papaioannou and J. O’Leary

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:33

    Published on: 18 May 2017

  15. Research article

    Quality of life, psychological burden, needs, and satisfaction during specialized inpatient palliative care in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients

    This pilot study aimed to investigate quality of life, psychological burden, unmet needs, and care satisfaction in family caregivers of advanced cancer patients (FCs) during specialized inpatient palliative ca...

    Anneke Ullrich, Lilian Ascherfeld, Gabriella Marx, Carsten Bokemeyer, Corinna Bergelt and Karin Oechsle

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:31

    Published on: 10 May 2017

  16. Research article

    The impact of the inpatient practice of continuous deep sedation until death on healthcare professionals’ emotional well-being: a systematic review

    The practice of continuous deep sedation is a challenging clinical intervention with demanding clinical and ethical decision-making. Though current research indicates that healthcare professionals’ involvement...

    Sarah Ziegler, Hannes Merker, Margareta Schmid and Milo A. Puhan

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:30

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  17. Research article

    Keep in Touch (KIT): feasibility of using internet-based communication and information technology in palliative care

    Confinement to an in-patient hospital ward impairs patients’ sense of social support and connectedness. Providing the means, through communication technology, for patients to maintain contact with friends and ...

    Qiaohong Guo, Beverley Cann, Susan McClement, Genevieve Thompson and Harvey Max Chochinov

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:29

    Published on: 6 May 2017

  18. Research article

    Palliative care for people with dementia in the terminal phase: a mixed-methods qualitative study to inform service development

    When entering the dying phase, the nature of physical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of people with dementia and their families may change. Our objective was to understand what needs to be in place to ...

    Jenny T. van der Steen, Natashe Lemos Dekker, Marie-José H. E. Gijsberts, Laura H. Vermeulen, Margje M. Mahler and B. Anne-Mei The

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:28

    Published on: 28 April 2017

  19. Study protocol

    Pain Intervention for people with Dementia in nursing homes (PID): study protocol for a quasi-experimental nurse intervention

    It is estimated that 19 to 83% of people with dementia suffer from pain that is inadequately treated in the last months of life. A large number of healthcare workers who care for these people in nursing homes ...

    Andrea Koppitz, Georg Bosshard, Geneviève Blanc, Hannele Hediger, Sheila Payne and Thomas Volken

    BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:27

    Published on: 21 April 2017

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