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  1. Polypharmacy is common among patients with a limited life expectancy, even shortly before death. This is partly inevitable, because these patients often have multiple symptoms which need to be alleviated. Howe...

    Authors: M.A.M. van Hylckama Vlieg, I.E. Pot, H.P.J. Visser, M.A.C. Jong, M.J.D.L. van der Vorst, B.J. van Mastrigt, J.N.A. Kiers, P.P.P.H. van den Homberg, M.F. Thijs-Visser, E. Oomen-de Hoop, A. van der Heide, P.H.M. van der Kuy, C.C.D. van der Rijt and E.C.T. Geijteman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:6
  2. Palliative care requires a multidisciplinary team to assist patients and their families to obtain good quality care at the end of life. Typically, community pharmacists have fewer opportunities to provide serv...

    Authors: Chien-Yi Wu, Yu-Hsuan Wu, Yi-Hui Chang, Min-Shiow Tsay, Hung-Cheng Chen, Yu-Ling Kuo and Hui-Ya Hsieh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:4
  3. Advance directives (ADs) has recently been considered as an important component of palliative care for patients with advanced cancer and is a legally binding directive regarding a person’s future medical care....

    Authors: Mobina Golmohammadi, Abbas Ebadi, Hadis Ashrafizadeh, Maryam Rassouli and Salman Barasteh
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:3
  4. This study aimed to assess the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) (physical, functional, emotional, social, spiritual) and psychological (anxiety and depression) well-being and their associations with pati...

    Authors: Rubayat Rahman, Lubna Mariam, Rebecca Su, Chetna Malhotra and Semra Ozdemir
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:2
  5. Cancer disparities are a major public health concern in Canada, affecting racialized communities of Latin American and African descent, among others. This is evident in lower screening rates, lower access to c...

    Authors: Anna Santos Salas, Sharon M. Watanabe, Aynharan Sinnarajah, Nahyeni Bassah, Fleur Huang, Jill Turner, Jacqueline Alcalde Castro, Hannah M. O’Rourke, Pilar Camargo-Plazas, Bukola Salami, María Santana, Katy Campbell, Omar Abdel-Rahman, Tracy Wildeman, Lisa Vaughn, Harkeert Judge…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:204
  6. Neonatal death is the leading category of death in children under the age of 5 in the UK. Many babies die following decisions between parents and the neonatal team; when a baby is critically unwell, with the s...

    Authors: Katie Gallagher, Kathy Chant, Alex Mancini, Myra Bluebond-Langner and Neil Marlow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:203
  7. The diagnosis of a life-limiting condition of a child in the perinatal or neonatal period is a threat to parental hopes. Hope is an interactional and multidimensional construct, and in palliative care, it is a...

    Authors: Aline Oliveira Silveira, Monika Wernet, Larissa Fernandes Franco, Patrícia Luciana Moreira Dias and Zaida Charepe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:202
  8. Hemodialysis holds the highest incidence and prevalence rate in Taiwan globally. However, the implementation of advance care planning (ACP), advance directives (AD), and patient self-determination acts (PSDA) ...

    Authors: Shang-Feng Tsai, Ching-Yi Chang, Jia-Yi Yang, Yu-Ying Ho, Ching-Ching Hsiao, Shu-Chuan Hsu, Shih-Yun Chen, Huan-Yi Lin, Te-Feng Yeh and Cheng-Hsu Chen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:201
  9. A randomised clinical trial titled the Carer End of Life Planning Intervention (CELPI) in people dying with dementia evaluated the effect of carer education and support about palliative care on care recipient out...

    Authors: Janice Du Preez, Antonio Celenza, Christopher Etherton-Beer, Paula Moffat, Elissa Campbell and Glenn Arendts
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:200

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:26

  10. Patients’ stories provide Palliative Care physicians with a glimpse into the former’s lives and their psycho-emotional, sociocultural, and contextual considerations. Yet, few physicians are trained to interpre...

    Authors: Elaine Li Ying Quah, Keith Zi Yuan Chua, Casper Keegan Ronggui Lin, Andrew Vimal Vijayan, Nur Amira Binte Abdul Hamid, Jasmine Lerk Juan Owyong, Neeta Satku, Natalie Woong, Crystal Lim, Gillian Li Gek Phua, Eng Koon Ong, Warren Fong and Lalit Kumar Radha Krishna
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:199
  11. The aims of the study were first to explore the adaptive leisure activities of classified nursing model from the perspective of nurse-patient interactive care, and to explore its impact on the physical and men...

    Authors: Yun-Zhao Lin, Po Chen, Meng-Meng Lin, Jia-Li Chen, Min-Min Shi and Feng Guo
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:198

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:10

  12. Hospice and Palliative Care (HPC) is in high demand in China; however, the country is facing the shortage of qualified HPC nurses. A well-suited competence framework is needed to promote HPC human resource dev...

    Authors: Wei-Ying Li, Ying Fang, Yi-qing Liang, Shu-qin Zhu, Ling Yuan, Qin Xu, Yue Li, Yin-long Chen, Chang-xian Sun, Xiao-xu Zhi, Xiao-yan Li, Rong Zhou and Mai Du
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:197
  13. Most Chinese patients chose to die at home, therefore there is a reliance on the family caregivers to be involved in their palliative care. The needs and coping strategies of family caregivers in home-based pa...

    Authors: Xiaotian Zhang, Tianmeng Xu, Yuan Qin, Minghui Wang, Zhaoyu Li, Jingyu Song, Qianqian Tang, Zidan Wang, Lijie Xu, Lingling Wu and Peng Yue
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:196
  14. Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) are clinical settings where patient loss is frequently experienced. A sense of professional grief and posttraumatic growth in nurses who have experienced patient loss has...

    Authors: Meral Turgut and Hatice Yıldız
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:195
  15. The meaning of dying and death are underexplored concepts for Canadian children. Subsequently, it is unclear how children and stakeholders make meaning of children’s holistic health needs at the end of life.

    Authors: Christina M. Lamb, Kianna Ramer, Oluwakemi Amodu and Kelsey Groenenboom
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:194
  16. Provision of paediatric palliative care for children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions and their families is often complex. Guidelines can support professionals to deliver high quality care. St...

    Authors: Kim C. van Teunenbroek, Leontien C. M. Kremer, A. A. Eduard Verhagen, Johannes M. A. Verheijden, Hester Rippen, Brigitt C. M. Borggreve, Erna M. C. Michiels and Renée L. Mulder
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:193
  17. The pandemic Era has forced palliative care professionals to use a dignity-in-care approach in different settings from the classic ones of palliative care: acute and intensive care. We explored the meanings of di...

    Authors: Loredana Buonaccorso, Ludovica De Panfilis, Harvey Max Chochinov, Gianfranco Martucci, Marco Massari, Monica Cocchi, Maria Chiara Bassi and Silvia Tanzi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:192
  18. Staying at home during the dying process is important for many patients; and palliative care units (PCUs) can help facilitate home death. This study compared patient survival between those who were discharged ...

    Authors: Nozomu Murakami, Shinya Kajiura, Kouichi Tanabe, Kenichiro Tsukada, Kazuhiko Shibata, Yoshio Minabe, Tatsuya Morita and Ryuji Hayashi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:191
  19. Pediatric shared decision-making (SDM) is a fundamental part of family-centered care. Pediatric palliative care (PPC) is one of the more difficult fields for healthcare providers when choosing to utilize SDM. ...

    Authors: Siyu Cai, Lei Cheng, Ruixin Wang, Xuan Zhou and Xiaoxia Peng
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:190

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:23

  20. Access to palliative care is recognised as a human right, yet clear disparities exist. There have been recent appeals to examine people’s contexts and interactions with social systems which for many, adversely...

    Authors: Helen Butler, Merryn Gott, Doctor Kate Prebble, Doctor Sarah Fortune and Doctor Jackie Robinson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:189
  21. Several studies have characterized the experiences of family members caring for patients undergoing chemotherapy; however, information about the experiences of older spousal caregivers with intensive caregivin...

    Authors: Kengo Hirayama, Tomoki Kuribara and Miho Oshikiri
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:188
  22. Physicians’ communication with patients and their families is important during both the disease diagnosis and prognosis stages and through the follow-up process. Effective physician communication improves pati...

    Authors: Natália Ubisse Schmauch, Emilia Pinto, Francisca Rego, Luísa Castro, Jahit Sacarlal and Guilhermina Rego
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:186
  23. Health-care professionals are confronted with patients who wish to end their lives through voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED). During VSED, symptoms such as agitation, thirst or psychological dist...

    Authors: Yann-Nicolas Batzler, Manuela Schallenburger, Pia Maletzki, Theresa Tenge, Daniel Schlieper, Jacqueline Schwartz and Martin Neukirchen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:185
  24. Thirst and dry mouth are common symptoms in terminally ill patients. It is known that family members usually request drips for their dying relative. Few studies have focused on thirst in terminally ill patient...

    Authors: Maria Friedrichsen, Nana Waldréus, Micha Milovanovic, Anne Söderlund Schaller, Pier Jaarsma and Tiny Jaarsma
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:184
  25. Specialist palliative home care (SPHC) aims to maintain and improve patients’ quality of life in the community setting. Symptom burden may differ between oncological and non-oncological patients. However, litt...

    Authors: Daniela Gesell, Farina Hodiamont, Julia Wikert, Eva Lehmann-Emele, Claudia Bausewein, Friedemann Nauck and Maximiliane Jansky
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:183
  26. Palliative care practitioners are increasingly caring for patients and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. There is growing awareness of the influence of culture on many aspects of care in the palliati...

    Authors: Colette Burke, Owen Doody and Barbara Lloyd
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:182
  27. A wide variety of screening tools for the need for specialist palliative care (SPC) have been proposed for the use in oncology. However, as there is no established reference standard for SPC need to compare th...

    Authors: Evelyn Müller, Michael Josef Müller, Katharina Seibel, Christopher Boehlke, Henning Schäfer, Carsten Klein, Maria Heckel, Steffen T. Simon and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:181
  28. High quality end-of-life care is essential. Yet for those experiencing heart failure, the provision of high-quality end- of -life care can be challenging. The aim of this study was to explore Iranian nurses’ p...

    Authors: Mostafa Akbarian-Rokni, Marjan Mardani-Hamooleh, Mohammad Abbasi, Naima Seyedfatemi and Sally Pezaro
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:180
  29. We sought to identify innovative navigation programs across Canadian jurisdictions that target their services to individuals affected by life-limiting illness and their families, and articulate the principal c...

    Authors: Robin Urquhart, Cynthia Kendell, Kathryn Pfaff, Kelli Stajduhar, Linda Patrick, Carren Dujela, Sarah Scruton, Faith Fauteux and Grace Warner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:179
  30. Perinatal palliative care is an emerging branch of children’s palliative care. This study sought to better understand the pattern of antenatal referrals and the role of a specialist paediatric palliative care ...

    Authors: Sophie Bertaud, Georgina Brightley, Nicola Crowley, Finella Craig and Dominic Wilkinson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:177
  31. Various factors have been found to be associated with high levels of death anxiety experienced by oncology nurses. The aim of this study was to use a person-oriented approach to examine the death anxiety patte...

    Authors: Xian Chen, Mengyu Su, Anne Arber, Chengping Qiao, Jinfeng Wu, Cuihua Sun, Dan Wang, Hui Zhou and Zhu Zhu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:176
  32. Home care nurses provide complex palliative care for patients who want to die in their own homes. This study aimed to explore home care nurses’ facilitation of planned home death to better understand nursing p...

    Authors: Anne Kristine Sørstrøm, Mette Spliid Ludvigsen and Ingjerd Gåre Kymre
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:175
  33. Quality of care at the end of life in hospitals is often perceived to be lower compared to the care that is provided to people who die in their own home. Documenting and measuring indicators of common end-of-l...

    Authors: F. M. Bijnsdorp, B. Schouten, A. K. L. Reyners, C. Wagner, A. L. Francke and S. M. van Schoten
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:174
  34. New routes for supply of eye tissue are needed in the UK to support transplant surgery and medical research. Hospice care (HC) and Hospital-based Palliative care (HPC) services represent potential supply route...

    Authors: Tracy Long-Sutehall, Anna Zatorska, Michelle Myall, Christina Faull, Adam Hurlow, Sarah Mollart, Clare Rayment, Jill Short, Jane Wale, Emma Winstanley and Mike Bracher
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:173
  35. Care givers of Palliated patients are at risk of adverse physical, psychosocial and emotional sequelae in varied nature. Efficient and valid assessment tools facilitate early detection to take corrective measu...

    Authors: U. Ramadasa, S. Silva, U. Udumulla, S. Perera and S. Lekamwasam
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:172
  36. The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale – Palliative version (RASS-PAL) tool is a brief observational tool to quantify a patient’s level of agitation or sedation. The objective of this study was to implement the...

    Authors: Shirley H. Bush, Katarzyna Bronicki, Michel Dionne, Natasha Lelievre, Peter G. Lawlor and Monisha Kabir
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:171
  37. One of the major challenges for healthcare professionals relates to awareness of patients’ preferences relative to how and when to break bad news and how much information should be disclosed in the eventuality...

    Authors: Ephrem Abathun Ayalew, Ditaba David Mphuthi and Kholofelo Lorraine Matlhaba
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:170
  38. Co-creation, characterized by artists and patients creating a joint work of art, may support patients with the integration of disruptive life events into their life story, such as living with cancer. Focusing...

    Authors: Yvonne Weeseman, Michael Scherer-Rath, Nirav Christophe, Henny Dörr, Esther Helmich, Mirjam A. G. Sprangers, Niels van Poecke and Hanneke W. M. van Laarhoven
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:169
  39. To translate and culturally adapt IPOS to the Greek population.

    Authors: Despina Anagnostou, Stylianos Katsaragakis, Irene Panagiotou, Elisabeth Patiraki and Aliki Tserkezoglou
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:168

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:187

  40. The desire to be at home is one of the most important needs of patients with advanced, incurable cancers. However, palliative cancer patients may require inpatient hospital care for medical reasons. Virtual re...

    Authors: Christina Gerlach, Anja Greinacher, Bernd Alt-Epping and Cornelia Wrzus
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:167
  41. Multi-professional specialist palliative homecare (SPHC) teams care for palliative patients with complex symptoms. In Germany, the SPHC directive regulates care provision, but model contracts for each federal ...

    Authors: Maximiliane Jansky, Lia Heyl, Michaela Hach, Steven Kranz, Thomas Lehmann, Antje Freytag, Ulrich Wedding, Winfried Meißner, Sabine H. Krauss, Werner Schneider and Friedemann Nauck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:166
  42. Health professionals and medical students have knowledge gaps about the law that governs end-of-life decision-making. There is a lack of dedicated training on end-of-life law and corresponding research on the ...

    Authors: Rachel Feeney, Lindy Willmott, Penny Neller, Shih-Ning Then, Patsy Yates and Ben White
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:165
  43. Oesophago-gastric cancer is an aggressive disease with a high rate of recurrence and mortality across the disease trajectory. Reduced psychosocial functioning has been evidenced amongst those with advanced dis...

    Authors: Cara Ghiglieri, Martin Dempster, Sam Wright and Lisa Graham-Wisener
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:164
  44. In Germany, palliative care in nursing homes is becoming increasingly important. Simultaneously, nursing homes are particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to their vulnerable residents leading to in...

    Authors: Anna Bußmann and Natalie Pomorin
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:163
  45. Little is known about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on families of children with chronic life-limiting conditions who died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Authors: Adam Rapoport, David B. Nicholas and Rosslynn T. Zulla
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:162
  46. Continuous deep sedation (CDS) can be used for patients at the end of life who suffer intolerably from severe symptoms that cannot be relieved otherwise. In the Netherlands, the use of CDS is guided by an nati...

    Authors: Madelon T Heijltjes, Ghislaine JMW van Thiel, Judith AC Rietjens, Agnes van der Heide, Geeske Hendriksen and Johannes JM van Delden
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:160

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