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  1. It is recommended that patients with progressive neurological disease (PND) receive general and specialized palliative care. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of neuropalliative care on qua...

    Authors: Radka Bužgová, Radka Kozáková and Michal Bar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:143

    Content type: Research article

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  2. While hospitals remain the most common place of death in many western countries, specialised palliative care (SPC) at home is an alternative to improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. W...

    Authors: Christine Marie Bækø Halling, Rasmus Trap Wolf, Per Sjøgren, Hans Von Der Maase, Helle Timm, Christoffer Johansen and Jakob Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:142

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  3. Patients often view “palliative care” (PC) as an approach that is synonymous with end-of-life and death, leading to shock and fear. Differing cultural and social norms and religious affiliations greatly determ...

    Authors: Naheed Dosani, Ravi Bhargava, Amit Arya, Celeste Pang, Pavinder Tut, Achal Sharma and Martin Chasen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:141

    Content type: Research article

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  4. There is controversy regarding the practical implementation of symptom-focused oncological cancer therapies to hospice residents. In this study, we aim to analyse the use and indication of supportive-oncologic...

    Authors: Ulrich Kaiser, Ursula Vehling-Kaiser, Fabian Kück, Nicolae-Catalin Mechie, Ana Hoffmann and Florian Kaiser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:140

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Palliative care is becoming increasingly important because the number of patients with an incurable disease is growing and their survival is improving. Previous research tells us that early palliative care has...

    Authors: Janneke van Roij, Myrte Zijlstra, Laurien Ham, Linda Brom, Heidi Fransen, Art Vreugdenhil, Natasja Raijmakers and Lonneke van de Poll-Franse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:139

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. Studies have shown that telehealth applications in palliative care are feasible, can improve quality of care, and reduce costs but few studies have focused on user acceptance of current technology applications...

    Authors: M. Nguyen, J. Fujioka, K. Wentlandt, N. Onabajo, I. Wong, R. S. Bhatia, O. Bhattacharyya and V. Stamenova

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:138

    Content type: Research article

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  7. It is not clear how lay people prioritize the various, sometimes conflicting, interests when they make surrogate medical decisions, especially in non-Western cultures. The extent such decisions are perspective...

    Authors: Muhammad M. Hammami, Areej Al Balkhi, Sophia S. De Padua and Kafa Abuhdeeb

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:137

    Content type: Research article

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  8. A critical barrier to improving the quality of end-of-life (EOL) cancer care is our lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying variation in EOL treatment intensity. This study aims to fill this gap by ...

    Authors: Kristin E. Knutzen, Karen E. Schifferdecker, Genevra F. Murray, Shama S. Alam, Gabriel A. Brooks, Nirav S. Kapadia, Rebecca Butcher and Amber E. Barnato

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:136

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Hospitalisation of patients with advanced dementia is generally regarded as less preferable compared to care at home or in a nursing home. For patients with other diagnoses, young age has been associated with ...

    Authors: Lisa Martinsson, Staffan Lundström and Johan Sundelöf

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:135

    Content type: Research article

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  10. To assure patient-centred end-of-life care, palliative interventions need to account for patients’ preferences. Advance care planning (ACP) is a structured approach that allows patients, relatives and physicia...

    Authors: Carola Seifart, Martin Koch, Nico Leppin, Katharina Nagelschmidt, Jorge Riera Knorrenschild, Nina Timmesfeld, Winfried Rief and Pia von Blanckenburg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:134

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Palliative care is increasingly becoming an accepted treatment choice for many individuals diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Yet, its utilisation is non-existent in many lower- and middle-income ...

    Authors: Catherine Sarfo-Walters and Edward Appiah Boateng

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:133

    Content type: Research article

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  12. While the impact of family caregiving has been well-documented, many of such studies center on investigating external factors such as socioeconomic status, accessibility to resources and availability of social...

    Authors: Geraldine Tan-Ho, Ping Ying Choo, Paul Victor Patinadan, Casuarine Xinyi Low and Andy Hau Yan Ho

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:132

    Content type: Research article

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  13. End-of-life care is provided in a variety of healthcare settings, not just palliative care hospitals. This is one reason why it is very important to assess all barriers to end-of-life care and to provide safe ...

    Authors: Aurelija Blaževičienė, Lina Laurs and Jamesetta A. Newland

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:131

    Content type: Research article

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  14. When a patient is approaching death in the intensive care unit (ICU), patients’ relatives must make a rapid transition from focusing on their beloved one’s recovery to preparation for their unavoidable death. ...

    Authors: Margo M. C. van Mol, Sebastian Wagener, Jos M. Latour, Paul A. Boelen, Peter E. Spronk, Corstiaan A. den Uil and Judith A. C. Rietjens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:130

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  15. Advanced cancer affects people’s lives, often causing stress, anxiety and depression. Peer mentor interventions are used to address psychosocial concerns, but their outcomes and effect are not known. Our objec...

    Authors: Catherine Walshe, Diane Roberts, Lynn Calman, Lynda Appleton, Robert Croft, Suzanne Skevington, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Gunn Grande and Guillermo Perez Algorta

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:129

    Content type: Research article

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  16. To understand the status of residents’ awareness of and demand for hospice care services in Hangzhou and to provide a reference for promoting the formulation of hospice care-related policies in China.

    Authors: Yanhong Xie, Ying Xu, Shulan Yang, Jing Yan, Xiao Qing Jin and Caixia Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:128

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The supportive hospice aged residential exchange (SHARE) is a new model of palliative care education that has been designed for residential aged care. The goal of SHARE is to help clinical staff improve pallia...

    Authors: Rosemary Frey, Sophia Barham, Deborah Balmer, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson and Merryn Gott

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:127

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  18. Current policies recommend integrating home care and palliative care to enable patients to remain at home and avoid unnecessary hospital admission and emergency department (ED) visits. The Italian health care ...

    Authors: Alberto Borraccino, Sara Campagna, Gianfranco Politano, Marco Dalmasso, Valerio Dimonte and Maria Michela Gianino

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:126

    Content type: Research article

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  19. When death ends a life, the impact of caring for person who suffered a period of illness or disease continues for significant others who are left to grieve. They should be offered support to avoid complicated ...

    Authors: Ulla Näppä and Kerstin Björkman-Randström

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:124

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Palliative and end-of-life care development is hindered by a lack of information about the circumstances surrounding dying in developing and resource-poor countries. Our aims were to develop and obtain face an...

    Authors: Nicholas Jennings, Kenneth Chambaere, Cheryl Cox Macpherson, Karen L. Cox, Luc Deliens and Joachim Cohen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:123

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Difficulties in prognostication are common deterrents to palliative care among dementia patients. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of palliative care in reducing the extent of utilization of medi...

    Authors: Chih-Pang Chu, Cho-Yin Huang, Chian-Jue Kuo, Ying-Yeh Chen, Chun-Tse Chen, Tien-Wei Yang and Hsing-Cheng Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:122

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Many older people wish to die at home. However, there is still a huge gap between the place where older adults wish to die and the place where they, in fact, do die. We aimed to assess the association between ...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Abe, Atsushi Miyawaki, Yasuki Kobayashi, Taeko Watanabe and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:121

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  23. Despite evidence that family members’ support to each other can be of importance to its members, there are limited studies of factors related to family members’ sense of such support during palliative care.

    Authors: Anna Milberg, Maria Liljeroos, Rakel Wåhlberg and Barbro Krevers

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:120

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Palliative Care Day Services (PCDS) offer supportive care to people with advanced, progressive illness who may be approaching the end of life. Despite the growth of PCDS in recent years, evidence of their cost...

    Authors: Paul Mark Mitchell, Joanna Coast, Gareth Myring, Federico Ricciardi, Victoria Vickerstaff, Louise Jones, Shazia Zafar, Sarah Cudmore, Joanne Jordan, Laurie McKibben, Lisa Graham-Wisener, Anne M. Finucane, Alistair Hewison, Erna Haraldsdottir, Kevin Brazil and W. George Kernohan

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:119

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Managing transition of adolescents/young adults with life-limiting conditions from children’s to adult services has become a global health and social care issue. Suboptimal transitions from children’s to adult...

    Authors: Helen Kerr, Kimberley Widger, Geraldine Cullen-Dean, Jayne Price and Peter O’Halloran

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:115

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  26. Mothers and fathers are severely challenged when providing care for their terminally ill child at end of life. Caregiving needs have been studied predominantly in mothers. Differences in caregiving needs betwe...

    Authors: Tanja Leemann, Eva Bergstraesser, Eva Cignacco and Karin Zimmermann

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:118

    Content type: Research article

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  27. General Practitioners (GPs) are the main providers of primary palliative care (PPC). At the same time they are the main initiators of specialised palliative homecare (SPHC). In Germany, little is known about f...

    Authors: K. Stichling, M. Krause, B. Ditscheid, M. Hach, M. Jansky, M. Kaufmann, T. Lehmann, W. Meißner, F. Nauck, W. Schneider, S. Schulz, H. C. Vollmar, U. Wedding, J. Bleidorn and A. Freytag

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:117

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  28. A large number of the hospice patients have been reported to be with symptoms of pain. Thus, managing the patient’s pain is one aspect of hospice care provision. The delivery of pain care services could be fac...

    Authors: Yijin Wu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:116

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  29. Palliative care is a modality of treatment that addresses physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms. Dignity therapy, a form of psychotherapy, was developed by Professor Harvey Chochinov, MD in 2005.The a...

    Authors: John Weru, Miriam Gatehi and Alice Musibi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:114

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  30. While a palliative approach is generally perceived to be an integral part of the intensive care unit (ICU), the provision of palliative care in this setting is challenging. This review aims to identify factors...

    Authors: Hanan Hamdan Alshehri, Sepideh Olausson, Joakim Öhlén and Axel Wolf

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:113

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  31. The current study aimed to further our understanding of second opinions among medical oncology patients by examining the proportion of patients who sought a second opinion about their cancer treatment, and why.

    Authors: Ian Olver, Mariko Carey, Jamie Bryant, Allison Boyes, Tiffany Evans and Rob Sanson-Fisher

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:112

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  32. One of the most difficult and stressful tasks faced by health science students is having to cope with death and dying due to the emotional burden of the same. Furthermore, the moral, ethical and professional v...

    Authors: Sagrario Pérez- de la Cruz and Ivonne Ramírez

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:111

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  33. Surrogate decision makers of stroke patients are often unprepared to make critical decisions on life-sustaining treatments. We describe the development process and key features for the Understanding Stroke web-ba...

    Authors: Emily P. Chen, Cynthia Arslanian-Engoren, William Newhouse, Diane Egleston, Savina Sahgal, Aneesha Yande, Angela Fagerlin and Darin B. Zahuranec

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:110

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  34. In ageing Western societies, many older persons live with and die from cancer. Despite that present-day healthcare aims to be patient-centered, scientific literature has little knowledge to offer about how can...

    Authors: Jelle L. P. van Gurp, Anne Ebenau, Simone van der Burg and Jeroen Hasselaar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:109

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  35. Doctors, particularly general practitioners, play a significant role in assisting patients to create advance care plans. When medically indicated, these documents are important tools to promote congruence betw...

    Authors: Laura Panozzo, Pam Harvey, Meagan-Jane Adams, Dennis O’Connor and Bernadette Ward

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:108

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Despite increased annual mortality in long-term care (LTC) homes, research has shown that care of dying residents and their families is currently suboptimal in these settings. The purpose of this study was to ...

    Authors: Sharon Kaasalainen, Tamara Sussman, Genevieve Thompson, Lynn McCleary, Paulette V. Hunter, Lorraine Venturato, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Jenny Ploeg, Deborah Parker, Shane Sinclair, Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Marie Earl and John J. You

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:107

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  37. Although cancer patients experience distressing symptoms and health-related changes in their quality of life, they may report positive emotional states. The lives of informal caregivers of cancer patients may ...

    Authors: Mayara Goulart de Camargos, Bianca Sakamoto Ribeiro Paiva, Marco Antônio de Oliveira, Paula de Souza Ferreira, Vinicius Tolentino Nardoto de Almeida, Sandra de Andrade Cadamuro, Carla Simone Leite de Almeida and Carlos Eduardo Paiva

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:106

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  38. Palliative care is a patient-centred, integrated approach for improving quality of life for both patients facing life-threatening illnesses and for their families. Although there has been increased interest in...

    Authors: Sanghee Kim, Kyunghwa Lee and Sookyung Kim

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:105

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  39. Evaluation of palliative care services is crucial in order to ensure high quality care and to plan future services in light of growing demand. There is also an acknowledgement of the need to better understand ...

    Authors: Lynn Sudbury-Riley, Philippa Hunter-Jones and Ahmed Al-Abdin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:104

    Content type: Technical advance

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  40. Despite advances in surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, pancreatic adenocarcinoma often progresses rapidly and causes death. The physical decline of these patients is expected to impact their quality of l...

    Authors: Berta Laquente, Teresa Macarulla, Cristina Bugés, Marta Martín, Carlos García, Carles Pericay, Sandra Merino, Laura Visa, Teresa Martín, Manuela Pedraza, Beatriz Carnero, Raquel Guardeño, Helena Verdaguer, Alejandro Mut, David Vilanova and Adelaida García

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:103

    Content type: Research article

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  41. The Barriers Questionnaire II (BQ-II) was developed to assess barriers to effective pain management. In this study, we aimed to assess the reliability and validity of the newly developed Japanese version of th...

    Authors: Naoki Sakakibara, Hiroko Komatsu, Mikako Takahashi, Hideko Yamauchi, Teruo Yamauchi and Ardith Z. Doorenbos

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:102

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  42. The interest in physiotherapy programs for individuals in hospice is increasing. The aim of our study was to assess the impact of a multi-component, individualized physiotherapy program on the functional and e...

    Authors: Agnieszka Ćwirlej-Sozańska, Agnieszka Wójcicka, Edyta Kluska, Anna Stachoń and Anna Żmuda

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:101

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  43. While many Aotearoa/New Zealanders are receiving excellent palliative care the Pacific populations have limited access to available hospice and palliative care services. Little research has been conducted to i...

    Authors: Sunia Foliaki, Veisinia Pulu, Hayley Denison, Mark Weatherall and Jeroen Douwes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:100

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  44. Continuous subcutaneous infusions (CSCIs) are commonly used in the United Kingdom as a way of administering medication to patients requiring symptom control when the oral route is compromised. These infusions ...

    Authors: J. Baker, A. Dickman, S. Mason, M. Bickerstaff, R. Jackson, A. McArdle, I. Lawrence, F. Stephenson, N. Paton, J. Kirk, B. Waters and J. Ellershaw

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:99

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  45. The ERANet-LAC CODE (Care Of the Dying Evaluation) international survey assessed quality of care for dying cancer patients in seven countries, by use of the i-CODE questionnaire completed by bereaved relatives...

    Authors: Marit Irene Tuen Hansen, Dagny Faksvåg Haugen, Katrin Ruth Sigurdardottir, Anne Kvikstad, Catriona R. Mayland and Margrethe Aase Schaufel

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:98

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  46. Research on the patient experience of receiving palliative care across a number of settings is increasing, but the majority of these investigations are situated within the context of developed countries. There...

    Authors: Konstantina Vasileiou, Paula Smith and Ashraf Kagee

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:95

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  47. Although palliative care providers, patients, and their families rely heavily on accurate prognostication, the prognostic value of electrolyte imbalance has received little attention.

    Authors: Min-Seok Seo, In Cheol Hwang, Jaehun Jung, Hwanhee Lee, Jae Hee Choi and Jae-Yong Shim

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:94

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