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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The death of a newborn is a traumatic life changing event in the lives of parents. We hypothesized that bereaved parents of newborn infants want to have choices in the personal care of their infant at the end ...

    Authors: Emily Shelkowitz, Sharon L. Vessella, Patricia O’Reilly, Richard Tucker and Beatrice E. Lechner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:70
  10. Although many cross-sectional studies have demonstrated the association between cancer pain and psychospiritual distress, the time-dependent relationship has not been fully explored. For that reason, this stud...

    Authors: Ya-Ping Lee, Chih-Hsun Wu, Tai-Yuan Chiu, Ching-Yu Chen, Tatsuya Morita, Shou-Hung Hung, Sin-Bao Huang, Chia-Sheng Kuo and Jaw-Shiun Tsai
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:69
  11. Patients with an advanced incurable disease are often hospitalised for some time during the last phase of life. Care in hospitals is generally focussed at curing disease and prolonging life and may therefore n...

    Authors: Arianne Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, Suzanne Polinder, Yvonne Vergouwe and Agnes van der Heide
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:68
  12. Globally, the majority of people with HIV/AIDS live in sub-Saharan Africa. While the increasing availability of antiretroviral therapy is improving the outlook for many, its effects are yet to reach all of tho...

    Authors: Wesley Too, Michael Watson, Richard Harding and Jane Seymour
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:67
  13. For most people, home is the preferred place of care and death. Despite the development of specialist palliative care and primary care models of community based service delivery, people who are dying, and thei...

    Authors: Kathleen McLoughlin, Jim Rhatigan, Sinead McGilloway, Allan Kellehear, Michael Lucey, Feargal Twomey, Marian Conroy, Emillio Herrera-Molina, Suresh Kumar, Mairead Furlong, Joanne Callinan, Max Watson, David Currow and Christopher Bailey
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:65
  14. As the primary informal caregiver for cancer patients, spousal caregivers are a population at a high risk of hidden morbidity. The factors impacting couples coping with cancer are complex, and within spousal c...

    Authors: Qiuping Li, Yinghua Xu, Huiya Zhou and Alice Yuen Loke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:64
  15. Care for people with advanced dementia requires a palliative approach targeted to the illness trajectory and tailored to individual needs. However, care in nursing homes is often compromised by poor communicat...

    Authors: Meera Agar, Elizabeth Beattie, Tim Luckett, Jane Phillips, Georgina Luscombe, Stephen Goodall, Geoffrey Mitchell, Dimity Pond, Patricia M. Davidson and Lynnette Chenoweth
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:63
  16. With an ever increasing number of individuals living with chronic and terminal illnesses, palliative care as an emerging field is poised for unprecedented expansion. Today’s rising recognition of its key role ...

    Authors: Lise Huynh, Blair Henry and Naheed Dosani
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:62
  17. Little is known about what is at stake at a subjective level for the oncologists and the advanced cancer patients when they face the question whether to continue, limit or stop specific therapies. We studied (...

    Authors: Yvan Beaussant, Florence Mathieu-Nicot, Lionel Pazart, Christophe Tournigand, Serge Daneault, Elodie Cretin, Aurélie Godard-Marceau, Aline Chassagne, Hélène Trimaille, Carole Bouleuc, Patrice Cuynet, Eric Deconinck and Régis Aubry
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:61
  18. The question whether euthanasia should be legalised has led to substantial public debate in France. The objective of this study in a sample of French physicians was to establish the potential determinants of a...

    Authors: Lionel Dany, Karine Baumstarck, Eric Dudoit, Florence Duffaud, Pascal Auquier and Sébastien Salas
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:59
  19. Children dying of a life threatening disease suffer a great deal at the end of life. Symptom control is often unsatisfactory, partly because many caregivers are simply not familiar with paediatric palliative c...

    Authors: Rutger R. G. Knops, Leontien C. M. Kremer and A. A. Eduard Verhagen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:57
  20. People with dementia can benefit from a palliative care approach. Recommendations, such as those of the EAPC have been proposed to strengthen the provision of palliative care for this group of patients. Yet, i...

    Authors: Jasper van Riet Paap, Elena Mariani, Rabih Chattat, Raymond Koopmans, Hélène Kerhervé, Wojciech Leppert, Maria Forycka, Lukas Radbruch, Birgit Jaspers, Kris Vissers, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen and Yvonne Engels
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:56
  21. The ‘Let Me Decide’ Advance Care Planning (LMD-ACP) programme offers a structured approach to End-of-Life (EoL) care planning in long-term care for residents with and without capacity to complete an advance ca...

    Authors: Nicola Cornally, Ciara McGlade, Elizabeth Weathers, Edel Daly, Carol Fitzgerald, Rónán O’Caoimh, Alice Coffey and D. William Molloy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:55
  22. Instruments specific to palliative care tend to measure care quality from relative perspectives or have insufficient theoretical foundation. The instrument Quality from the Patient’s Perspective (QPP) is based...

    Authors: Tuva Sandsdalen, Ingrid Rystedt, Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Reidun Hov, Sevald Høye and Bodil Wilde-Larsson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:54
  23. Globally, the number of people who die with dementia is increasing. The importance of a palliative approach in the care of people with dementia is recognised and there are national polices to enhance current c...

    Authors: Bridget Candy, Margaret Elliott, Kirsten Moore, Victoria Vickerstaff, Elizabeth Sampson and Louise Jones
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:51
  24. The feasibility and clinical implication of drug monitoring of morphine, morphine-6-glucuronide (M6G) and morphine-3-glucuronide (M3G) need further investigation. This study aimed to determine what predicts se...

    Authors: Yong Joo Lee, Sang-Yeon Suh, Junghan Song, Sanghee Shiny Lee, Ah-Ram Seo, Hong-Yup Ahn, Myung Ah Lee, Chul-Min Kim and Pål Klepstad
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:53
  25. There is high variability in end-of-life (EOL) treatments. Some of this could be due to differences in physician treatment recommendations, their knowledge/attitude regarding palliative care, and their perceiv...

    Authors: Chetna Malhotra, Noreen Chan, Jamie Zhou, Hannah B. Dalager and Eric Finkelstein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:52
  26. This paper defends the ethical and empirical significance of direct engagement with terminally ill children and adolescents in PPC research on health-related quality of life. Clinical trials and other forms of...

    Authors: Vasiliki Rahimzadeh, Gillian Bartlett, Cristina Longo, Laura Crimi, Mary Ellen Macdonald, Nada Jabado and Carolyn Ells
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:50
  27. Palliative care standards advocate support for grieving caregivers, given that some bereaved people fail to integrate their loss, experience ongoing emotional suffering and adverse health outcomes. Research sh...

    Authors: Margaret Sealey, Moira O’Connor, Samar M. Aoun and Lauren J. Breen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:49
  28. Palliative radiotherapy (RT) is an effective treatment for symptomatic bone metastases. Pain flare, a transient worsening of the bone pain after RT, has been described in previous reports with different incide...

    Authors: Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, Jon Cacicedo, Arturo Navarro, Virginia Morillo, Patricia Willisch, Claudia Carvajal, Eduardo Hortelano, Jose Luis Lopez-Guerra, Ana Illescas, Francisco Casquero, Olga Del Hoyo, Raquel Ciervide, Ana Irasarri, Jose Ignacio Pijoan and Pedro Bilbao
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:48
  29. In the past decades, many new insights and best practices in palliative care, a relatively new field in health care, have been published. However, this knowledge is often not implemented. The aim of this study...

    Authors: Jasper van Riet Paap, Kris Vissers, Steve Iliffe, Lukas Radbruch, Marianne J. Hjermstad, Rabih Chattat, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen and Yvonne Engels
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:47
  30. Starting with early identification of palliative care patients by general practitioners (GPs), the Care Pathway for Primary Palliative Care (CPPPC) is believed to help primary health care workers to deliver pa...

    Authors: Bert Leysen, Bart Van den Eynden, Birgit Gielen, Hilde Bastiaens and Johan Wens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:46
  31. The fundamental importance of good end of life care has been well documented however recent national publications have high-lighted inadequacies in training in this area. For many patients dying in the UK toda...

    Authors: Sophie Price and Susie Schofield
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:45
  32. Dignity Therapy is a brief psychotherapy that can enhance a sense of legacy while addressing the emotional and existential needs of patients receiving hospice or palliative care. In Dignity Therapy, patients c...

    Authors: Lori P. Montross-Thomas, Scott A. Irwin, Emily A. Meier, Jarred V. Gallegos, Shahrokh Golshan, Eric Roeland, Helen McNeal, Diane Munson and Laura Rodseth
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:44
  33. Nursing home and home care nursing staff must increasingly deal with palliative care challenges, due to cost cutting in specialized health care. Research indicates that a significant number of dying patients l...

    Authors: Kirsten Tornøe, Lars Johan Danbolt, Kari Kvigne and Venke Sørlie
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:43
  34. There has been an increase in research on improving end of life (EoL) care for older people with dementia in care homes. Findings consistently demonstrate improvements in practitioner confidence and knowledge,...

    Authors: Claire Goodman, Katherine Froggatt, Sarah Amador, Elspeth Mathie and Andrea Mayrhofer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:42
  35. For cancer patients with inadequate pain relief, a switch to an alternative opioid is the preferred option for symptomatic improvement. However, multiple opioids are often simultaneously administered for anecd...

    Authors: Hyun-Jun Kim, Young Saing Kim and Se Hoon Park
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:41
  36. Understanding the characteristics of communication that foster patient-centered outcomes amid serious illness are essential for the science of palliative care. However, epidemiological cohort studies that dire...

    Authors: Robert Gramling, Elizabeth Gajary-Coots, Susan Stanek, Nathalie Dougoud, Heather Pyke, Marie Thomas, Jenica Cimino, Mechelle Sanders, Stewart C. Alexander, Ronald Epstein, Kevin Fiscella, David Gramling, Susan Ladwig, Wendy Anderson, Stephen Pantilat and Sally A. Norton
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:40
  37. Quality of near end-of-life (EOL) care is typically evaluated using six accepted quality indicators (QIs). Research has yet to evaluate the quality of EOL care for liver cancer patients in Taiwan. We evaluated...

    Authors: Yee-Hsin Kao and Jui-Kun Chiang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:39
  38. Communication gaps impact the quality of patient care. Previous research has focused on communication barriers rather than seeking solutions. Our aim was to identify strategies for effective communication and ...

    Authors: Amanda L. Roze des Ordons, Nishan Sharma, Daren K. Heyland and John J. You
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:38
  39. Bleeding negatively impacts quality of life in patients with unresectable advanced gastric cancer and has the potential to be lethal. When blood transfusion and endoscopic hemostasis are unsuccessful to stop b...

    Authors: Chihiro Kondoh, Kohei Shitara, Motoo Nomura, Daisuke Takahari, Takashi Ura, Hiroyuki Tachibana, Natsuo Tomita, Takeshi Kodaira and Kei Muro
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:37
  40. There is an urgent need to develop an evidence base for children’s palliative care (CPC) globally, and in particular in resource-limited settings. Whilst the volume of CPC research has increased in the last de...

    Authors: Julia Downing, Caprice Knapp, Mary Ann Muckaden, Susan Fowler-Kerry and Joan Marston
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:36
  41. This paper focuses on communication between hospital staff and family carers of patients dying on acute hospital wards, with an emphasis on the family carers’ perspective. The age at which people in the UK die...

    Authors: Glenys Caswell, Kristian Pollock, Rowan Harwood and Davina Porock
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:35
  42. Palliative care (PC) is no longer offered with preference to cancer patients (CA), but also to patients with non-malignant, progressive diseases. Taking current death statistics into account, PC in Europe will...

    Authors: Stephanie Stiel, Maria Heckel, Andreas Seifert, Tobias Frauendorf, Roland Martin Hanke and Christoph Ostgathe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:34
  43. Professionals and relatives increasingly have to deal with people with intellectual disabilities (ID) who are in need of end-of-life care. This is a specific type of care that may require a different approach ...

    Authors: Nienke Bekkema, Anke J. E. de Veer, Cees M. P. M. Hertogh and Anneke L. Francke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:33
  44. Dementia, of all long term illnesses, accounts for the greatest chronic disease burden, and the number of people with age-related diseases like dementia is predicted to double by 2040. People with advanced dem...

    Authors: Richard Philip Lee, Claire Bamford, Catherine Exley and Louise Robinson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:32
  45. Case managers have been introduced in Dutch primary palliative care; these are nurses with expertise in palliative care who offer support to patients and informal carers in addition to the care provided by the...

    Authors: Annicka GM van der Plas, Anneke L Francke, Kris C Vissers, Wim JJ Jansen, Luc Deliens and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:31
  46. End-stage renal disease carries a prognosis similar to cancer yet only 20 % of end-stage renal disease patients are referred to hospice. Furthermore, conversations between dialysis team members and patients ab...

    Authors: Nwamaka D. Eneanya, Sarah L. Goff, Talaya Martinez, Natalie Gutierrez, Jamie Klingensmith, John L. Griffith, Casey Garvey, Jenny Kitsen, Michael J. Germain, Lisa Marr, Joan Berzoff, Mark Unruh and Lewis M. Cohen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:30
  47. Chaplaincy is a relatively new discipline in medicine that provides for care of the human spirit in healthcare contexts for people of all worldviews. Studies indicate wide appreciation for its importance, yet ...

    Authors: Linda Emanuel, George Handzo, George Grant, Kevin Massey, Angelika Zollfrank, Diana Wilke, Richard Powell, Walter Smith and Kenneth Pargament
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:29

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