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  1. Chinese tradition and culture developed from Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism and have influenced ethnic Chinese for thousands of years, particularly thoughts on death. Many ethnic Chinese, particularly olde...

    Authors: Hsin-Tzu Sophie Lee, Shu-Chen Cheng, Yu-Tzu Dai, Mei Chang and Wen-Yu Hu
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:45
  2. Intra-abdominal placement of the Central Venous Catheter (CVC) was conducted to manage the ascites-related symptoms of non-ovarian cancer patients. The aim of this study is to document the efficacy of symptom ...

    Authors: Xiaoli Gu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Menglei Cheng, Minghui Liu, Zhe Zhang and Wenwu Cheng
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:44
  3. Agreed terminology used in systematic reviews of the effectiveness of specialist palliative care ((S)PC)) is required to ensure consistency and usability and to help guide future similar reviews and the design...

    Authors: Jan Gaertner, Waldemar Siemens, Barbara A. Daveson, Melinda Smith, Catherine J. Evans, Irene J. Higginson and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:43
  4. Certain advanced chronic conditions (heart failure, chronic lung disease) are associated with high mortality. Nevertheless, most of the time, patients with these conditions are not given the same level of atte...

    Authors: I. Martín-Lesende, E. Recalde, P. Viviane-Wunderling, T. Pinar, F. Borghesi, T. Aguirre, M. Recio, ME Martínez and J. Asua
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:42
  5. The leading cause of death among young children in southern Africa is complications due to HIV infection and, in South Africa, over a third of all deaths of children younger than five are associated with HIV i...

    Authors: Sara Naomi Naicker, Linda Richter, Alan Stein, Laura Campbell and Joan Marston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:41
  6. Integrating palliative care (PC) and empowering the health care workforce is essential to achieve universal access to PC services. In 2010, 46 % of patients in Mulago Hospital, Uganda had a life limiting illne...

    Authors: Julia Downing, Mwazi Batuli, Grace Kivumbi, Josephine Kabahweza, Liz Grant, Scott A. Murray, Elizabeth Namukwaya and Mhoira Leng
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:40
  7. Palliative care is mainly restricted to terminal care. General practitioners (GPs) are not trained to early identify palliative patients with cancer, COPD or heart failure. With the help of the RADboud indicat...

    Authors: Bregje Thoonsen, Marieke Groot, Stans Verhagen, Chris van Weel, Kris Vissers and Yvonne Engels
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:39
  8. Current evidence suggests that palliative care education can improve preregistration nursing students’ competencies in palliative care. However, it is not known whether these competencies are translated into s...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Karen Cox and Jane Seymour
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:37
  9. Empirical knowledge around palliative care provision and needs of people with intellectual disabilities is extremely limited, as is the availability of research resources, including expertise and funding. This...

    Authors: I. Tuffrey-Wijne, M. Wicki, P. Heslop, M. McCarron, S. Todd, D. Oliver, A. de Veer, G. Ahlström, S. Schäper, G. Hynes, J. O’Farrell, J. Adler, F. Riese and L. Curfs
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:36
  10. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth cause of death in western countries. Its final stage has clearly been forgotten by medical research in recent years. There exists consensus regarding ...

    Authors: Daniel Gainza Miranda, Eva María Sanz Peces, Alberto Alonso Babarro, Maria Concepción Prados Sánchez and María Varela Cerdeira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:35
  11. Postgraduate medical trainees are not well prepared difficult conversations about goals of care with patients and families in the acute care clinical setting. While contextual nuances within the workplace can ...

    Authors: Amanda L Roze des Ordons, Jocelyn Lockyer, Michael Hartwick, Aimee Sarti and Rola Ajjawi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:34
  12. Oncologists routinely prescribe chemotherapy for patients with advanced cancer. This practice is sometimes misunderstood by palliative care clinicians, yet data clearly show that chemotherapy can be a powerful...

    Authors: EJ Roeland and TW LeBlanc
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:33
  13. This study assessed the symptom severity of patients with advanced cancer in a palliative care unit and explored the factors associated with symptom improvement.

    Authors: Shu-Yu Tai, Chung-Yin Lee, Chien-Yi Wu, Hui-Ya Hsieh, Joh-Jong Huang, Chia-Tsuan Huang and Chen-Yu Chien
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:32
  14. The majority of people with dementia in the UK die in care homes. The quality of end of life care in these environments is often suboptimal. The aim of the present study was to explore the context, mechanisms ...

    Authors: Nuriye Kupeli, Gerard Leavey, Kirsten Moore, Jane Harrington, Kathryn Lord, Michael King, Irwin Nazareth, Elizabeth L. Sampson and Louise Jones
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:31
  15. Parents facing the death of their child have a strong need for compassionate professional support. Care services should be based on empirical evidence, be sensitive to the needs of the families concerned, take...

    Authors: Karin Zimmermann, Eva Bergstraesser, Sandra Engberg, Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Katrin Marfurt-Russenberger, Nicolas Von der Weid, Chantal Grandjean, Patricia Fahrni-Nater and Eva Cignacco
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:30

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2017 16:16

  16. No data exist on the size of the population potentially in need of palliative care in Germany. The aim of this study is to estimate the size of the German population that may benefit from palliative care.

    Authors: Nadine Scholten, Anna Lena Günther, Holger Pfaff and Ute Karbach
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:29
  17. A training programme was developed and delivered to a cohort of volunteers who were preparing for a unique role to provide companionship to dying patients in the acute hospital setting. This comprehensive prog...

    Authors: Alison Germain, Kate Nolan, Rita Doyle, Stephen Mason, Maureen Gambles, Hong Chen, Ruthmarijke Smeding and John Ellershaw
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:28
  18. To improve the quality of end-of-life care in geriatric hospital wards we developed the Care Programme for the Last Days of Life. It consists of 1) the Care Guide for the Last Days of Life, 2) supportive docum...

    Authors: Rebecca Verhofstede, Tinne Smets, Joachim Cohen, Massimo Costantini, Nele Van Den Noortgate and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:27
  19. Palliative Care (PC) aims to improve the quality of life for patients with cancer and their families and its benefits have been demonstrated by several studies. The objective of this systematic review is to as...

    Authors: Karen Van Beek, Naouma Siouta, Nancy Preston, Jeroen Hasselaar, Sean Hughes, Sheila Payne, Lukas Radbruch, Carlos Centeno, Agnes Csikos, Eduardo Garralda, Marlieke van der Eerden, Farina Hodiamont, Ildiko Radvanyi and Johan Menten
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:26
  20. Systemic treatment has proven to improve physical symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. Relationship between quality of life (QoL) or symptom burden (SYB) and treatment efficacy (tumour response and survi...

    Authors: Anna Creutzfeldt, Anna Suling, Karin Oechsle, Anja Mehnert, Djordje Atanackovic, Melanie Kripp, Dirk Arnold, Alexander Stein and Julia Quidde
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:25
  21. In the pursuit to provide the highest quality of person centered palliative care, client preferences, needs, and wishes surrounding end of life should be used to inform the plan of care. During a clinical asse...

    Authors: Shannon Freeman, Trevor Frise Smith, Eva Neufeld, Kathy Fisher and Satoru Ebihara
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:24
  22. There is an increasing requirement to assess outcomes, but few measures have been tested for advanced medical illness. We aimed to test the validity, reliability and responsiveness of the Palliative care Outco...

    Authors: Massimo Costantini, Elisa Rabitti, Monica Beccaro, Flavio Fusco, Carlo Peruselli, Pietro La Ciura, Alessandro Valle, Cinzia Suriani, Maria Alejandra Berardi, Danila Valenti, Felicita Mosso, Piero Morino, Giovanni Zaninetta, Giorgio Tubere, Massimo Piazza, Michele Sofia…
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:23
  23. Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive neurological disease causing muscle wasting, gradual paralysis, respiratory failure. MND care is demanding, complex and involves a variety of care tasks. Family mem...

    Authors: Sverre Vigeland Lerum, Kari Nyheim Solbrække and Jan C. Frich
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:22
  24. Palliative care was initially developed for patients with advanced cancer. Over the past years, however, palliative care has broadened its focus from terminal cancer patients to patients with other serious, li...

    Authors: Cornelia Meffert, Gerta Rücker, Isaak Hatami and Gerhild Becker
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:21
  25. Medicine availability is improving in sub-Saharan Africa for palliative care services. There is a need to develop strong and sustainable pharmaceutical systems to enhance the proper management of palliative ca...

    Authors: Eve Namisango, Chris Ntege, Emmanuel B. K. Luyirika, Fatia Kiyange and Matthew J. Allsop
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:20
  26. Despite the positive impact of Palliative Care (PC) on the quality of life for patients and their relatives, the implementation of PC in non-cancer health-care delivery in the EU seems scarcely addressed. The ...

    Authors: Naouma Siouta, Karen van Beek, Nancy Preston, Jeroen Hasselaar, Sean Hughes, Sheila Payne, Eduardo Garralda, Carlos Centeno, Marlieke van der Eerden, Marieke Groot, Farina Hodiamont, Lukas Radbruch, Csilla Busa, Agnes Csikos and Johan Menten
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:18
  27. Most patients with life-limiting illnesses are treated and cared for over a long period of time in primary care and guidelines suggest that ACP discussions should be initiated in primary care. However, a pract...

    Authors: Aline De Vleminck, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Robert Vander Stichele and Koen Pardon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:17
  28. An integrated palliative care approach is recommended in all life-limiting diseases, including Parkinson’s disease (PD). However research shows that people with PD have unmet palliative care needs. The study a...

    Authors: Siobhan Fox, Alison Cashell, W. George Kernohan, Marie Lynch, Ciara McGlade, Tony O’Brien, Sean S. O’Sullivan and Suzanne Timmons
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:15
  29. Several studies investigated the relationship between mental disorders and suicidal ideation. However, little is known about physical illnesses being the major trigger for committed suicides. It is necessary t...

    Authors: Martin Fegg, Sybille Kraus, Matthias Graw and Claudia Bausewein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:14
  30. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting patients with life-limiting illness use medicines inappropriately and unnecessarily. In this context, the perspective of patients, their carers and the healthcare...

    Authors: Adam Todd, Holly Holmes, Sallie Pearson, Carmel Hughes, Inga Andrew, Lisa Baker and Andy Husband
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:13
  31. There are identified gaps in the care provided to children with cancer based on the self-identified lack of education for health care professionals in pediatric palliative care and in the perceptions of bereav...

    Authors: Kimberley Widger, Stefan Friedrichsdorf, Joanne Wolfe, Stephen Liben, Jason D. Pole, Eric Bouffet, Mark Greenberg, Amna Husain, Harold Siden, James A. Whitlock and Adam Rapoport
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:12
  32. The ABC End of Life Education Programme trained approximately 3000 care home staff in End of Life (EoL) care. An evaluation that compared this programme with the Gold Standards Framework found that it achieved...

    Authors: Andrea Mayrhofer, Claire Goodman, Nigel Smeeton, Melanie Handley, Sarah Amador and Sue Davies
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:11
  33. During the past decade an increasing number of people live with advanced cancer mainly due to improved medical treatment. Research has shown that many people with advanced cancer have problems with everyday ac...

    Authors: Å. Brandt, M. S. Pilegaard, L. G. Oestergaard, L. Lindahl-Jacobsen, J. Sørensen, A. T. Johnsen and K. la Cour
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:10
  34. Palliative care provision is expanding in low and middle income countries. Services are developing in the Caribbean in response to the region’s ageing population, the significant burden of cancer, non-communic...

    Authors: Sandhya Maharaj and Richard Harding
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:9
  35. Most Canadians die in hospital, and yet, many express a preference to die at home. Place of death is the result of the interaction among sociodemographic, illness- and healthcare-related factors. Although home...

    Authors: Vania Costa, Craig C. Earle, Mary Jane Esplen, Robert Fowler, Russell Goldman, Daphna Grossman, Leslie Levin, Douglas G. Manuel, Shirlee Sharkey, Peter Tanuseputro and John J. You
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:8
  36. Physical activity has been shown to positively impact cancer-related fatigue, physical functioning and quality of life outcomes in early stage cancer patients, however its role at the end stage of cancer has y...

    Authors: Sonya S. Lowe, Brita Danielson, Crystal Beaumont, Sharon M. Watanabe and Kerry S. Courneya
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:7
  37. Recent concerns about suboptimal patient care and a lack of compassion have prompted policymakers to question the preparedness of clinicians for the challenging environment in which they practice. Compassionat...

    Authors: Shane Sinclair, Jill M. Norris, Shelagh J. McConnell, Harvey Max Chochinov, Thomas F. Hack, Neil A. Hagen, Susan McClement and Shelley Raffin Bouchal
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:6
  38. Much of what we understand about the design of healthcare systems to support care of the dying comes from our experiences with providing palliative care for dying cancer patients. It is increasingly recognized...

    Authors: Richard Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield, Joyce Lee, Duncan Dixon, Kathleen Lounsbury, Barbara Pesut, Della Roberts, Carolyn Tayler, James Voth and Kelli Stajduhar
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:5
  39. Family caregivers play a key role in palliative care at home, and understanding the interdependencies in the constellation of patient, family caregivers and service providers is important. As few longitudinal ...

    Authors: Katja Krug, Antje Miksch, Frank Peters-Klimm, Peter Engeser and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:4
  40. Although heart failure has a worse prognosis than some cancers, patients often have restricted access to well-developed end of life (EoL) models of care. Studies show that patients with advanced heart failure ...

    Authors: Margaret Glogowska, Rosemary Simmonds, Sarah McLachlan, Helen Cramer, Tom Sanders, Rachel Johnson, Umesh T. Kadam, Daniel S. Lasserson and Sarah Purdy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:3
  41. Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) can significantly improve quality of life for patients dying of cancer with bone metastases. However, an aggressive cancer treatment near end of life is an indicator of poor-quali...

    Authors: Manpreet S. Tiwana, Mark Barnes, Andrew Kiraly and Robert A. Olson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:2
  42. Inpatient palliative care is important for patients with terminal pancreatic cancer. However, the differences between inpatient palliative care and acute hospital care for inpatients with pancreatic cancer hav...

    Authors: Jack P. Wang, Chen-Yi Wu, I-Hsuan Hwang, Chien-Hui Kao, Yi-Ping Hung, Shinn-Jang Hwang and Chung-Pin Li
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2016 15:1
  43. Many people with a terminal illness would prefer to die at home. A new palliative rapid response service (RRS) provided by a large hospice provider in South East England was evaluated (2010) to provide evidenc...

    Authors: Heather Gage, Laura M. Holdsworth, Caragh Flannery, Peter Williams and Claire Butler
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:75
  44. The number of people dying in advanced old age is increasing rapidly and building the evidence base regarding end - of - life care for older people has been identified as an international policy priority. The ...

    Authors: Merryn Gott, Tess Moeke-Maxwell, Lisa Williams, Stella Black, Gabriella Trussardi, Janine Wiles, Rangimarie Mules, Anna Rolleston and Ngaire Kerse
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:74
  45. Palliative care focuses on supporting patients diagnosed with advanced, incurable disease; it is ‘family centered’, with the patient and their family (the unit of care) being core to all its endeavours. Howeve...

    Authors: Peter L. Hudson, Afaf Girgis, Geoffrey K. Mitchell, Jenny Philip, Deborah Parker, David Currow, Danny Liew, Kristina Thomas, Brian Le, Juli Moran and Caroline Brand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:73
  46. End-of-life integrated care plans are used as structuring tools for the care of the dying. A widely adopted example is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP). Recently, several concerns were ra...

    Authors: Christian Schulz, Daniel Schlieper, Christiane Altreuther, Manuela Schallenburger, Katharina Fetz and Andrea Schmitz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:72
  47. To determine the extent to which members of the general population have talked to their physician about their wishes regarding medical treatment at the end of life, to describe the prevalence of advance direct...

    Authors: Aline De Vleminck, Koen Pardon, Dirk Houttekier, Lieve Van den Block, Robert Vander Stichele and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:71

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