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  1. Understanding the predictors of a quick death following diagnosis may improve timely access to palliative care. The objective of this study was to explore whether factors in the 24 months prior to a colorectal...

    Authors: Robin Urquhart, Grace Johnston, Mohamed Abdolell and Geoff A Porter
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14:2
  2. Conversations about end-of-life care remain challenging for health care providers. The tendency to delay conversations about care options represents a barrier that impedes the ability of terminally-ill patient...

    Authors: Emmanuelle Bélanger, Charo Rodríguez, Danielle Groleau, France Légaré, Mary Ellen Macdonald and Robert Marchand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:63
  3. An international discussion about whether or not to legally permit euthanasia and (or) physician assisted suicide (EAS) is ongoing. Unbearable suffering in patients may result in a request for EAS. In the Neth...

    Authors: Cees DM Ruijs, Gerrit van der Wal, Ad JFM Kerkhof and Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:62
  4. Spiritual caregiving is part of palliative care and may contribute to well being at the end of life. However, it is a neglected area in the care and treatment of patients with dementia. We aimed to examine pre...

    Authors: Jenny T van der Steen, Marie-José HE Gijsberts, Cees MPM Hertogh and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:61
  5. Music therapy is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in different palliative care settings. Despite its long tradition and high acceptance by other health-care professionals, evidence on th...

    Authors: Marco Warth, Jens Kessler, Julian Koenig, Alexander F Wormit, Thomas K Hillecke and Hubert J Bardenheuer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:60
  6. The interRAI Palliative Care (interRAI PC) assessment instrument provides a standardized, comprehensive means to identify person-specific need and supports clinicians to address important factors such as aspec...

    Authors: Shannon Freeman, John P Hirdes, Paul Stolee, John Garcia, Trevor Frise Smith, Knight Steel and John N Morris
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:58
  7. During the last few decades, patients’ rights have been reinforced in many countries by acts of law. Measures now include health care proxies to uphold the doctor-patient relationship and advance directives fo...

    Authors: Sophie Trarieux-Signol, Stéphane Moreau, Marie-Pierre Gourin, Amélie Penot, Geoffroy Edoux de Lafont, Pierre-Marie Preux and Dominique Bordessoule
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:57
  8. We undertook a modified systematic review of research regarding educational approaches to and effectiveness of pre-registration palliative care nursing, to inform the development of a short course in palliativ...

    Authors: Nahyeni Bassah, Jane Seymour and Karen Cox
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:56
  9. The initiation of end of life care in an acute stroke context should be focused on those patients and families with greatest need. This requires clinicians to synthesise information on prognosis, patterns (tra...

    Authors: Christopher R Burton, Sheila Payne, Mary Turner, Tracey Bucknall, Jo Rycroft-Malone, Pippa Tyrrell, Maria Horne, Lupetu Ives Ntambwe, Sarah Tyson, Helen Mitchell, Sion Williams and Salah Elghenzai
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:55
  10. Repeated and long hospitalizations of cancer patients at the end of life have been suggested as indicators of low quality of palliative care. Comparing the care delivered between different countries with the h...

    Authors: Maaike L De Roo, Anneke L Francke, Lieve Van den Block, Gé A Donker, Jose E Lozano Alonso, Guido Miccinesi, Sarah Moreels, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Andrea Salvetti and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:54
  11. In the current public debate in France about end-of-life and legalization of euthanasia, palliative care is considered as a suitable answer or an alternative or even a supplement to euthanasia. The debate is b...

    Authors: Frédéric Guirimand, Etienne Dubois, Lucy Laporte, Jean-François Richard and Danièle Leboul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:53
  12. The number of people living with advanced cancer and chronic disease has increased worldwide. Many of these patients could benefit from palliative care, focusing on optimising the quality of life of patients a...

    Authors: Marlieke van der Eerden, Agnes Csikos, Csilla Busa, Sean Hughes, Lukas Radbruch, Johan Menten, Jeroen Hasselaar and Marieke Groot
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:52
  13. An increasing number of patients receive palliative chemotherapy near the end of life. The aim of this study is to evaluate the aggressiveness of chemotherapy in Turkish individuals near the end of life.

    Authors: Sema Sezgin Goksu, Seyda Gunduz, Dilek Unal, Mukremin Uysal, Deniz Arslan, Ali M Tatlı, Hakan Bozcuk, Mustafa Ozdogan and Hasan S Coskun
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:51
  14. The use of palliative radiotherapy (PRT) is variable in advanced cancer. Little is known about PRT utilization by end-of-life (EOL) cancer patients in Canada. This study examined the PRT utilization rates and ...

    Authors: Jin Huang, Elaine S Wai, Francis Lau and Paul A Blood
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:49
  15. Care homes are increasingly becoming places where people spend the final stages of their lives and eventually die. This trend is expected to continue due to population ageing, yet little is known about public ...

    Authors: Natalia Calanzani, Katrien Moens, Joachim Cohen, Irene J Higginson, Richard Harding, Luc Deliens, Franco Toscani, Pedro L Ferreira, Claudia Bausewein, Barbara A Daveson, Marjolein Gysels, Lucas Ceulemans and Barbara Gomes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:48
  16. COPD is a progressive lung disorder with rates of mortality between 36–50%, within 2 years after admission for an acute exacerbation. While treatment with inhaled bronchodilators and steroids may partially rel...

    Authors: Catherine Weber, Jerome Stirnemann, François R Herrmann, Sophie Pautex and Jean- Paul Janssens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:47
  17. The effectiveness and safety of switch from oral oxycodone to fentanyl patch is little known. Here, we investigated if early phase opioid switch from low dose of oral oxycodone to transdermal fentanyl matrix p...

    Authors: Seigo Minami, Takashi Kijima, Takeshi Nakatani, Suguru Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Ogata, Haruhiko Hirata, Takayuki Shiroyama, Taro Koba and Kiyoshi Komuta
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:46
  18. A minority of patients with incurable and advanced disease receive specialised palliative care. Specialised palliative care services that complement the care of difficult and complex cases ought to be integrat...

    Authors: Joachim Erlenwein, Almut Geyer, Julia Schlink, Frank Petzke, Friedemann Nauck and Bernd Alt-Epping
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:45
  19. The focus of Specialized Palliative Care (SPC) is to improve care for patients with incurable diseases and their families, which includes the opportunity to make their own choice of place of care and ultimatel...

    Authors: Mie Nordly, Kirstine Skov Benthien, Hans Von Der Maase, Christoffer Johansen, Marie Kruse, Helle Timm, Eva Soelberg Vadstrup, Geana Paula Kurita, Annika Berglind von Heymann-Horan and Per Sjøgren
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:44
  20. Palliative care is a vital component of patient-centered care. It has increasingly become central to the management and care of seriously ill patients by integrating physical, psychosocial, and spiritual suppo...

    Authors: Christina Slota, Connie M Ulrich, Claiborne Miller-Davis, Karen Baker and Gwenyth R Wallen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:43
  21. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is one of the major symptoms in palliative care with a prevalence of 30-50%. Methylnaltrexone for the treatment of OIC is significantly more effective than placebo, but only i...

    Authors: Elisabeth CW Neefjes, Maurice JDL van der Vorst, Manon SA Boddaert, Wouter WA Zuurmond, Hans J van der Vliet, Aart Beeker, Hendrik P van den Berg, Cornelis J van Groeningen, Suzan Vrijaldenhoven and Henk MW Verheul
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:42
  22. The aims of this study were: 1) to assess the frequency of insomnia among patients during admission in a Palliative Care Unit (PCU); 2) to study the association between emotional distress and insomnia, taking ...

    Authors: Anna Renom-Guiteras, José Planas, Cristina Farriols, Sergi Mojal, Ramón Miralles, Maria A Silvent and Ada I Ruiz-Ripoll
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:40
  23. Pain in advanced cancer is complex and multifaceted. In older patients comorbidities and age-related functional decline add to the difficulties in managing cancer pain. The current emphasis on care in the comm...

    Authors: Christine J McPherson, Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Alana Devereaux and Michelle M Lobchuk
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:39
  24. Despite research efforts over recent decades to deepen our understanding of why some terminally ill patients express a wish to die (WTD), there is broad consensus that we need more detailed knowledge about the...

    Authors: Kathrin Ohnsorge, Heike Gudat and Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:38
  25. We evaluated end of life care services in two English counties including: coordination centres, telephone advice line, ‘Discharge in Reach’ nurses, a specialist community personal care team and community nurse...

    Authors: Lesley Wye, Gemma Lasseter, John Percival, Lorna Duncan, Bethany Simmonds and Sarah Purdy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:37
  26. In 2009 two randomised cluster trials took place to assess the introduction of the Italian Version of the Liverpool Care Pathway in hospitals and hospices. Before and after data were gathered. The primary aim ...

    Authors: Emily West, Vittoria Romoli, Silvia Di Leo, Irene J Higginson, Guido Miccinesi and Massimo Costantini
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:36
  27. Hospice palliative care (HPC) is a philosophy of care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for clients with life-threatening illnesses or end of life issues. The goals of HPC are not ...

    Authors: Lialoma Salam-White, John P Hirdes, Jeffrey W Poss and Jane Blums
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:35
  28. Sedation in palliative care has received growing attention in recent years; and so have guidelines, position statements, and related literature that provide recommendations for its practice. Yet little is know...

    Authors: Ebun Abarshi, Judith Rietjens, Augusto Caraceni, Sheila Payne, Luc Deliens and Lieve Van Den Block
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:34
  29. Lower socioeconomic populations live and die in contexts that render them vulnerable to poorer health and wellbeing. Contexts of care at the end of life are overwhelmingly determined by the capacity and nature...

    Authors: Joanne M Lewis, Michelle DiGiacomo, David C Currow and Patricia M Davidson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:30
  30. Advances in technology have made the use of telehealth in the home setting a feasible option for palliative care clinicians to provide clinical care and support. However, despite being widely available and acc...

    Authors: Natalie K Bradford, Jeanine Young, Nigel R Armfield, Anthony Herbert and Anthony C Smith
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:29
  31. Many people around the world are getting cancer and living longer with the disease. Thanks to improved treatment options in healthcare, patients diagnosed with advanced gastrointestinal cancer can increasingly...

    Authors: Magdalena Karlsson, Febe Friberg, Catarina Wallengren and Joakim Öhlén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:28
  32. The Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ) is an assessment tool used to evaluate patients’ perspectives of their doctor’s communication and interpersonal skills. The present pilot study investigated whether...

    Authors: Kate ME Henriksen, Naomi Heller, Anne M Finucane and David Oxenham
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:27
  33. Improving end-of-life care is an important international issue. Recently Nova Scotia researchers conducted a mortality follow-back survey to provide a population-based description of care provided to adults du...

    Authors: Fred Burge, Beverley Lawson, Grace Johnston, Yukiko Asada, Paul F McIntyre, Eva Grunfeld and Gordon Flowerdew
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:25
  34. Most people die of non-malignant disease, but most patients of specialist palliative care services have cancer. Adequate end of life care for people with non-malignant disease requires acknowledgement of their...

    Authors: Geoffrey Mitchell, Jianzhen Zhang, Letitia Burridge, Hugh Senior, Elizabeth Miller, Sharleen Young, Maria Donald and Claire Jackson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:24
  35. To determine the feasibility and acceptability of lower limb neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) as a home-based exercise therapy in patients with cancer who could not attend hospital-based exercise tr...

    Authors: Tamara Windholz, Tara Swanson, Brandy L Vanderbyl and R Thomas Jagoe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:23

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  36. Family carers play an essential role in providing end-of-life care to their relatives but have been found to experience uncertainty and a lack of confidence in fulfilling their caregiving roles, prompting rece...

    Authors: Emily Harrop, Anthony Byrne and Annmarie Nelson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:22
  37. While a number of reviews have explored the attitude of health professionals toward euthanasia, none of them documented their motivations to practice euthanasia. The objective of the present systematic review ...

    Authors: Lydi-Anne Vézina-Im, Mireille Lavoie, Pawel Krol and Marianne Olivier-D’Avignon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:20
  38. As professional spiritual care (chaplaincy) is introduced to new cultures worldwide, it bears examining which elements of screening and care are universal and, for those elements showing cultural difference, t...

    Authors: Michael Schultz, Doron Lulav-Grinwald and Gil Bar-Sela
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:19
  39. In recent years, music therapy is increasingly used in palliative care. The aim of this pilot study was to record and describe the subjective experiences of patients and their relatives undergoing music therap...

    Authors: Michael Teut, Cordula Dietrich, Bernhard Deutz, Nadine Mittring and Claudia M Witt
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:18
  40. Since many patients spend most of the time at home at the end of life, this may affect the burden for family carers and constitute a risk factor for the patients’ hospitalisation. This study aimed to explore f...

    Authors: Maria C De Korte-Verhoef, H Roeline W Pasman, Bart PM Schweitzer, Anneke L Francke, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:16

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