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  1. Although statements on the competencies required from physicians working within palliative care exist, these requirements have not been described within different levels of palliative care provision by multi-p...

    Authors: Hanna-Leena Melender, Minna Hökkä, Tiina Saarto and Juho T. Lehto

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:65

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Chronic breathlessness is a recognized clinical syndrome that severely impacts patients and carers, who become increasingly restricted in their daily activities. Often, patients become reliant on their carers,...

    Authors: Diana H. Ferreira, Slavica Kochovska, Aaron Honson, Jane L. Phillips and David C. Currow

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:64

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  3. Nurses are involved in providing end-of-life care for end stage individuals and their self-efficacy is one of the key factors bearing on such care. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of pall...

    Authors: Fatemeh Dehghani, Maasoumeh Barkhordari-Sharifabad, Maryam Sedaghati-kasbakhi and Hossein Fallahzadeh

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:63

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The working group for palliative medicine within the Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC) network funded by the German Cancer Aid in Germany has developed and published 14 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for...

    Authors: Sarah Lödel, Christoph Ostgathe, Maria Heckel, Karin Oechsle and Susanne Gahr

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:62

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Patients with advanced cancer, receiving at-home palliative care, are subject to numerous symptoms that are changeable and often require attention, a stressful situation that also impacts on the family caregiv...

    Authors: Inmaculada Valero-Cantero, Francisco Javier Martínez-Valero, Milagrosa Espinar-Toledo, Cristina Casals, Francisco Javier Barón-López and María Ángeles Vázquez-Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:61

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. Pain is a prevalent symptom at the end of life and negatively impacts quality of life. Despite this, little population level data exist that describe pain frequency and associated factors at the end of life. T...

    Authors: A. Meaghen Hagarty, Shirley H. Bush, Robert Talarico, Julie Lapenskie and Peter Tanuseputro

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:60

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The significance of metaphors for the experience of cancer has been the topic of extensive previous research, with “Battle” and “Journey” metaphors standing out as key. Adaptation to the patient’s use of metap...

    Authors: Charlotte Hommerberg, Anna W. Gustafsson and Anna Sandgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:59

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Voluntary work plays a significant role in hospice care, but international research has mainly been conducted on the mental health and fear of death of paid hospice staff. The aim of the present study was to c...

    Authors: Ágnes Zana, Adrienne Kegye, Edit Czeglédi and Katalin Hegedűs

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:58

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic that has affinity for many central nervous system receptors. Its efficacy is supported by several studies in the prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea ...

    Authors: G. Saudemont, C. Prod’Homme, A. Da Silva, S. Villet, M. Reich, N. Penel and V. Gamblin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:56

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Despite the significant benefits of palliative care (PC) services for cancer patients, multiple challenges hinder the provision of PC services for these patients. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are w...

    Authors: Hammoda Abu-Odah, Alex Molassiotis and Justina Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:55

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Developing recommendations for how we deliver healthcare is often left to leading experts in a field. Findings from the Integrated Palliative Care in cancer and chronic conditions (InSup-C) study, which aimed ...

    Authors: Nancy Preston, Jeroen Hasselaar, Sean Hughes, Alex Kaley, Lisa Linge-Dahl, Ildiko Radvanyi, Phil Tubman, Karen Van Beek, Sandra Varey and Sheila Payne

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:54

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Patients with advanced haematological malignancies suffer from a very high symptom burden and psychological, spiritual, social and physical symptoms comparable with patients with metastatic non-haematological ...

    Authors: Silvia Tanzi, Stefano Luminari, Silvio Cavuto, Elena Turola, Luca Ghirotto and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:53

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Measuring functional status in palliative care may help clinicians to assess a patient’s prognosis, recommend adequate therapy, avoid futile or aggressive medical care, consider hospice referral, and evaluate ...

    Authors: Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Tomasz Gradalski and Michael Kozlowski

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:52

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Family caregivers of patients at the end of life often experience care-related burden. To prevent caregiver burden and to enhance the capacity to provide care it is important to have insight in their support n...

    Authors: Femmy M. Bijnsdorp, H. Roeline W. Pasman, Cécile R. L. Boot, Susanne M. van Hooft, AnneLoes van Staa and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:51

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  15. Children show long-term psychological distress if family communication and illness-related information are poor during and after a parent’s illness and death. Few psychosocial interventions for families with m...

    Authors: Rakel Eklund, Anette Alvariza, Ulrika Kreicbergs, Li Jalmsell and Malin Lövgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:50

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  16. Although desire to die of varying intensity and permanence is frequent in patients receiving palliative care, uncertainty exists concerning appropriate therapeutic responses to it. To support health profession...

    Authors: Kerstin Kremeike, Gerrit Frerich, Vanessa Romotzky, Kathleen Boström, Thomas Dojan, Maren Galushko, Kija Shah-Hosseini, Saskia Jünger, Gary Rodin, Holger Pfaff, Klaus Maria Perrar and Raymond Voltz

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:49

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  17. Volunteers play a significant role in supporting hospice and palliative care in Africa, but little is known about the types of volunteers, their motivations and roles in service delivery.

    Authors: Carolin Clara Loth, Eve Namisango, Richard Antony Powell, Katharina Henny Pabst, Mhoira Leng, Mohamed Hamada and Lukas Radbruch

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:48

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  18. Despite the high potential to improve the quality of life of patients and families, palliative care services face significant obstacles to their use. In countries with high-resource health systems, the nonfina...

    Authors: Marco Bennardi, Nicola Diviani, Claudia Gamondi, Georg Stüssi, Piercarlo Saletti, Ivan Cinesi and Sara Rubinelli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:47

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In 2016, over 6.6 million children died globally, and 245 children died in Singapore. Chronic illnesses are prevalent causes of child mortality around the world. Despite growing research that examines the live...

    Authors: Oindrila Dutta, Geraldine Tan-Ho, Ping Ying Choo, Xinyi Casuarine Low, Poh Heng Chong, Carolyn Ng, Sashikumar Ganapathy and Andy Hau Yan Ho

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:46

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Patients in oncological and palliative care (PC) often have complex needs, which require a comprehensive treatment approach. The assessment of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) has been shown to improve identif...

    Authors: Natalia Radionova, Gerhild Becker, Regine Mayer-Steinacker, Deniz Gencer, Monika A. Rieger and Christine Preiser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:45

    Content type: Research article

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  21. In order to counteract fatigue, physical activity (PA) is recommended for all stages of cancer. However, only few advanced cancer patients (ACP) are physically active. Quantitative data with high numbers of AC...

    Authors: J. Frikkel, M. Götte, M. Beckmann, S. Kasper, J. Hense, M. Teufel, M. Schuler and M. Tewes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:43

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The probability of weaning and of long-term survival of chronically mechanically ventilated cancer patients is unknown, with incomplete information available to guide therapeutic decisions. We sought to determ...

    Authors: Kelly Haviland, Kay See Tan, Nadja Schwenk, Manju V. Pillai, Diane E. Stover and Robert J. Downey

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:42

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The Palliative Care Consult Service (PCCS) programme was among the first initiations in Hungary to provide palliative care for patients admitted to hospital. The PCCS team provides palliative care for mainly c...

    Authors: Antal T. Zemplényi, Ágnes Csikós, Marcell Csanádi, Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, Carmen Hernandez, János G. Pitter, Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus and Zoltán Kaló

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:41

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire - Expanded (MQOL-E) and the Quality of Life in Life-Threatening Illness-Family Carer/Caregiver version (QOLLTI-F) are developed for use with patients facing the end of ...

    Authors: Lena Axelsson, Anette Alvariza, Nina Carlsson, S. Robin Cohen, Richard Sawatzky and Kristofer Årestedt

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:40

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Outcome measurement is an essential part of the evaluation of palliative care and the measurements need to be reliable, valid and adapted to the culture in which they are used. The Integrated Palliative Outcom...

    Authors: Karolina Vlckova, Eva Hoschlova, Eva Chroustova and Martin Loucka

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:39

    Content type: Research article

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  26. A better understanding of differences between the preferences of the general public and the recommendations of healthcare providers with regard to end-of-life (EOL) care may facilitate EOL discussion.

    Authors: Jun Hamano, Kyoko Hanari and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:38

    Content type: Research article

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  27. In order to avoid unnecessary use of hospital services at the end-of-life, palliative care should be initiated early enough in order to have sufficient time to initiate and carry out good quality advance care ...

    Authors: Outi M. Hirvonen, Riikka-Leena Leskelä, Lotta Grönholm, Olli Haltia, Samuli Voltti, Kristiina Tyynelä-Korhonen, Eeva K. Rahko, Juho T. Lehto and Tiina Saarto

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:37

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Providing end of life care (EoLC) is an important aspect of primary care, which reduces the risk of hospital admission for most patients. However, general practitioners (GPs) seem to have low confidence in the...

    Authors: Simon Schwill, Dorothee Reith, Tobias Walter, Peter Engeser, Michel Wensing, Elisabeth Flum, Joachim Szecsenyi and Katja Krug

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:36

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Despite a broad consensus and recommendations, numerous international reports or studies have shown the difficulties of implementing palliative care within healthcare services. The objective of this study was ...

    Authors: Agnès Oude Engberink, Maryse Mailly, Valerie Marco, Daniele Bourrie, Jean-Pierre Benezech, Josyane Chevallier, Sandrine Vanderhoeven, Remy Crosnier, Gérard Bourrel and Béatrice Lognos

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:34

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Family caregivers of patients with severe illness and in need for a palliative care approach, face numerous challenges and report having insufficient preparedness for the caregiver role as well as a need for i...

    Authors: Anette Alvariza, Louise Häger-Tibell, Maja Holm, Gunnar Steineck and Ulrika Kreicbergs

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:33

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. To improve the quality of advance care planning (ACP) in primary care, it is important to understand the frequency of and topics involved in the ACP discussion between patients and their family physicians (FPs).

    Authors: Jun Hamano, Ai Oishi, Tatsuya Morita and Yoshiyuki Kizawa

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:32

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Palliative care (PC) referral is recommended early in the course of advanced cancer. This study aims to describe, in an integrated onco-palliative care program (IOPC), patient’s profile when first referred to ...

    Authors: Claire Barth, Isabelle Colombet, Vincent Montheil, Olivier Huillard, Pascaline Boudou-Rouquette, Camille Tlemsani, Jérôme Alexandre, François Goldwasser and Pascale Vinant

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:31

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Since people with advanced dementia are usually not able to make complex decisions, it is usually the family caregivers, as proxies, who have to decide on treatments and their termination. However, these decis...

    Authors: Lina Riedl, Manuela Bertok, Julia Hartmann, Julia Fischer, Carola Rossmeier, Andreas Dinkel, Marion Ortner and Janine Diehl-Schmid

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:30

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Bereavement support is a core part of palliative care. However, the evidence base is limited by a lack of consistency in the outcomes used to evaluate services and models of support, which makes it difficult t...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Hannah Scott, Stephanie Sivell, Kathy Seddon, Jim Fitzgibbon, Fiona Morgan, Sara Pickett, Anthony Byrne, Annmarie Nelson and Mirella Longo

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:29

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The availability of interventions for bereaved parents have increased. However, most are practice based. To enhance the implementation of bereavement care for parents, an overview of interventions which are re...

    Authors: Eline M. Kochen, Floor Jenken, Paul A. Boelen, Laura M. A. Deben, Jurrianne C. Fahner, Agnes van den Hoogen, Saskia C. C. M. Teunissen, Karin Geleijns and Marijke C. Kars

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:28

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  36. Since the introduction of the concept of advance care planning (ACP), many studies have been conducted exploring beneficial effects. These studies show a heterogeneity in clinical endpoints, which reflects div...

    Authors: Nienke Fleuren, Marja F. I. A. Depla, Daisy J. A. Janssen, Martijn Huisman and Cees M. P. M. Hertogh

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:27

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  37. Spirituality is particularly important for patients suffering from life-threatening illness. Despite research showing the benefits of spiritual assessment and care for terminally ill patients, their spiritual ...

    Authors: Elisa Rabitti, Silvio Cavuto, Luca Iani, Simona Ottonelli, Francesco De Vincenzo and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:26

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Nursing home residents with early-onset neurodegenerative diseases are often younger in comparison with other residents, and need different, often more complex care. Accordingly, the measurements currently use...

    Authors: Joyce C. F. Heffels, Irma H. J. Everink, Mayke Oosterloo, Raymund A. C. Roos and Jos M. G. A. Schols

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:25

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Hospitalisation during the last weeks of life when there is no medical need or desire to be there is distressing and expensive. This study sought palliative care initiatives which may avoid or shorten hospital...

    Authors: Ros Taylor, Jonathan Ellis, Wei Gao, Liz Searle, Kate Heaps, Robert Davies, Claire Hawksworth, Angela Garcia-Perez, Giles Colclough, Steven Walker and Bee Wee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:24

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  40. Hospice workers are required to regularly use emotional regulation strategies in an attempt to encourage and sustain terminally ill patients and families. Daily emotional regulation in reaction to constantly w...

    Authors: Igor Portoghese, Maura Galletta, Philip Larkin, Salvatore Sardo, Marcello Campagna, Gabriele Finco and Ernesto D’Aloja

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:23

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Decision-making in palliative care can be complex due to the uncertain prognosis and general fear surrounding decisions. Decision-making in palliative care may be influenced by spiritual and cultural beliefs o...

    Authors: Francisca Rego, Florbela Gonçalves, Susana Moutinho, Luísa Castro and Rui Nunes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:22

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Despite improvements in diagnostics and therapy, the majority of lung tumours are diagnosed at advanced stage IV with a poor prognosis. Due to the nature of an incurable disease, patients need to engage in sha...

    Authors: Jasmin Bossert, Michel Wensing, Michael Thomas, Matthias Villalobos, Corinna Jung, Anja Siegle, Laura Hagelskamp, Nicole Deis, Jana Jünger and Katja Krug

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:21

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Cervical cancer is mostly diagnosed at advanced stages among the majority of women in low-income settings, with palliative care being the only feasible form of care. This study was aimed at investigating palli...

    Authors: O. Tapera and A. M. Nyakabau

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:20

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Early identification of patients requiring palliative care is a major public health concern. A growing number of instruments exist to help professionals to identify these patients, however, thus far, none have...

    Authors: Fabienne Teike Lüthi, Mathieu Bernard, Michel Beauverd, Claudia Gamondi, Anne-Sylvie Ramelet and Gian Domenico Borasio

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:19

    Content type: Technical advance

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  45. While the populations of children who can benefit from paediatric palliative care (PPC) have been broadly defined, identifying individual patients to receive PPC has been problematic in practice. The Paediatri...

    Authors: Poh Heng Chong, Janice Soo, Zhi Zheng Yeo, Raymond Qishun Ang and Celene Ting

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:18

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Communication in do not resuscitate (DNR) and artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) at the end of life is a key component of advance care planning (ACP) which is essential for patients with advanced cancer ...

    Authors: Hsien-Liang Huang, Jaw-Shiun Tsai, Chien-An Yao, Shao-Yi Cheng, Wen-Yu Hu and Tai-Yuan Chiu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:17

    Content type: Research article

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  47. There has been increasing evidence and debate on palliative care research priorities and the international research agenda. To date, however, there is a lack of synthesis of this evidence, examining commonalit...

    Authors: Felicity Hasson, Emma Nicholson, Deborah Muldrew, Olufikayo Bamidele, Sheila Payne and Sonja McIlfatrick

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:16

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