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  1. The Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS), which assesses level of sedation and agitation, is a simple observational instrument which was developed and validated for the intensive care setting. Although use...

    Authors: Shirley H Bush, Pamela A Grassau, Michelle N Yarmo, Tinghua Zhang, Samantha J Zinkie and José L Pereira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:17
  2. Cancer-related pain continues to be a major healthcare issue worldwide. Despite the availability of effective analgesic drugs, published guidelines and educational programs for Health Care Professionals (HCPs)...

    Authors: Carla Ida Ripamonti, Cesarina Prandi, Massimo Costantini, Elisa Perfetti, Fabio Pellegrini, Marco Visentin, Lorenza Garrino, Anna De Luca, Maria Adelaide Pessi and Carlo Peruselli
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:15
  3. While cancer patients have higher oxidative stress (OS) and lower antioxidant activity, evidence for the association of these parameters with survival in patients with terminally ill cancer is lacking.

    Authors: Chang Hwan Yeom, Youn Seon Choi, Hong Yup Ahn, Su Hey Lee and In Cheol Hwang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:14
  4. Place of death represents an important indicator for end-of-life care policy making and is related to the quality of life of patients and their families. The aim of the paper is to analyse the place of death i...

    Authors: Martin Loucka, Sheila A Payne and Sarah G Brearley
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:13
  5. Dignity therapy is a brief psychotherapy that has been shown to enhance the end of life experience. Dignity therapy often involves family carers to support patients weakened by illness and family carers are al...

    Authors: Brenda Bentley, Moira O’Connor, Lauren J Breen and Robert Kane
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:12

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  6. In Germany, patients severely affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) do not routinely come into contact with palliative care, even if possibly beneficial. This study was aimed at investigating how severely affect...

    Authors: Heidrun Golla, Maren Galushko, Holger Pfaff and Raymond Voltz
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:11
  7. Depression in palliative care patients is important because of its intrinsic burden and association with elevated physical symptoms, reduced immunity and increased mortality risk. Identifying risk factors asso...

    Authors: Kathryn A Fisher, Hsien Seow, Kevin Brazil, Shannon Freeman, Trevor Frise Smith and Dawn M Guthrie
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:10
  8. Parents of seriously ill children participate in making difficult medical decisions for their child. In some cases, parents face situations where their initial goals, such as curing the condition, may have bec...

    Authors: Douglas L Hill, Victoria Miller, Jennifer K Walter, Karen W Carroll, Wynne E Morrison, David A Munson, Tammy I Kang, Pamela S Hinds and Chris Feudtner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:9
  9. To provide quality care at the end of life or for chronically sick patients, nurses must have good knowledge, attitude and practice about palliative care (PC). In Ethiopia PC is new and very little is known ab...

    Authors: Hiwot Kassa, Rajalakshmi Murugan, Fissiha Zewdu, Mignote Hailu and Desalegn Woldeyohannes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:6
  10. The nationwide integration of palliative care best practices into general care settings is challenging but important in improving the quality of palliative care. This is why the Dutch National Quality Improvem...

    Authors: Natasja JH Raijmakers, Jolien M Hofstede, Ellen JM de Nijs, Luc Deliens and Anneke L Francke
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:5
  11. End-of-life care needs are great in Africa due to the burden of disease. This study aimed to explore public preferences and priorities for end-of-life care in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Authors: Julia Downing, Barbara Gomes, Nancy Gikaara, Grace Munene, Barbara A Daveson, Richard A Powell, Faith N Mwangi-Powell, Irene J Higginson and Richard Harding
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:4
  12. Volunteers make a major contribution to palliative patient care, and qualitative studies have been undertaken to explore their involvement. With the aim of making connections between existing studies to derive...

    Authors: Rachel Burbeck, Bridget Candy, Joe Low and Rebecca Rees
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:3
  13. The terminally ill person’s autonomy and control are important in preserving the quality of life in situations of unbearable suffering. Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED) at the end of life has b...

    Authors: Nataša Ivanović, Daniel Büche and André Fringer
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2014 13:1
  14. This paper focuses on the qualitative component of a study evaluating a hope intervention, entitled Living with Hope Program (LWHP), designed to foster hope in female caregivers of family members living with a...

    Authors: Allison Williams, Wendy Duggleby, Jeanette Eby, Reverend Dan Cooper, Lars K Hallstrom, Lorraine Holtslander and Roanne Thomas
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:44
  15. Children’s palliative care services are developing. Rational service development requires sound epidemiological data that are difficult to obtain owing to ambiguity in the definitions both of the population wh...

    Authors: Richard Hain, Mary Devins, Richard Hastings and Jayne Noyes
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:43
  16. The reasons patients with haematological malignancies die in hospital more often than those with other cancers is the subject of much speculation. We examined variations in place of death by disease sub-type a...

    Authors: Debra A Howell, Han-I Wang, Alexandra G Smith, Martin R Howard, Russell D Patmore and Eve Roman
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:42
  17. Although pain is frequently experienced by patients with cancer, it remains under-treated. The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of cancer-related neuropathic pain (CRNP) in patients wit...

    Authors: Cristina Garzón-Rodríguez, Leonidas Lyras, Luis Olay Gayoso, Juan M Sepúlveda, Epaminondas Samantas, Uwe Pelzer, Sarah Bowen, Chantal van Litsenburg and Mette Strand
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:41
  18. Discussing end of life preferences can be beneficial, and it is thought that the best time to have these conversations is usually when people are well. This review aims to establish current evidence for the ef...

    Authors: Katharine Abba, Paula Byrne, Siobhan Horton and Mari Lloyd-Williams
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:40
  19. It is estimated that 39,000 Australians die from malignant disease yearly. Of these, 60% to 88% of advanced cancer patients suffer xerostomia, the subjective feeling of mouth dryness. Xerostomia has significan...

    Authors: Jane Nikles, Geoffrey K Mitchell, Janet Hardy, Meera Agar, Hugh Senior, Sue-Ann Carmont, Philip J Schluter, Phillip Good, Rohan Vora and David Currow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:39
  20. Although dysgeusia is a common adverse event in chemotherapy patients; it has not been evaluated using objective methods, and its prevalence and frequency have not been quantified.

    Authors: Hiroo Imai, Hiroshi Soeda, Keigo Komine, Kazunori Otsuka and Hiroyuki Shibata
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:38
  21. Advanced cancer patients experience considerable symptoms, problems, and needs. Early referral of these patients to specialised palliative care (SPC) could improve their symptoms and problems.

    Authors: Anna T Johnsen, Anette Damkier, Tove B Vejlgaard, Jane Lindschou, Per Sjøgren, Christian Gluud, Mette A Neergaard, Morten Aa Petersen, Lena E Lundorff, Lise Pedersen, Peter Fayers, Annette S Strömgren, Irene J Higginson and Mogens Groenvold
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:37
  22. Hope has been identified as a key psychosocial resource among family caregivers to manage and deal with the caregiver experience. The Living with Hope Program is a self-administered intervention that consists ...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Allison Williams, Lorraine Holstlander, Dan Cooper, Sunita Ghosh, Lars K Hallstrom, Roanne Thomas McLean and Mary Hampton
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:36
  23. Despite the huge burden of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, there is little evidence of the multidimensional needs of patients with HIV infection to inform the person-centred care across physical, psychological, soc...

    Authors: Lucy Selman, Victoria Simms, Suzanne Penfold, Richard A Powell, Faith Mwangi-Powell, Julia Downing, Nancy Gikaara, Grace Munene, Irene J Higginson and Richard Harding
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:35
  24. The World Health Organisation recognises palliative care as a global public health issue and this is reflected at strategic level. Despite this, palliative care may not be universally welcomed. Surveys over th...

    Authors: Sonja McIlfatrick, Felicity Hasson, Dorry McLaughlin, Gail Johnston, Audrey Roulston, Lesley Rutherford, Helen Noble, Sheila Kelly, Avril Craig and W George Kernohan
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:34
  25. As palliative care research continues to expand across Europe, and the world, questions exist about the nature and type of research undertaken in addition to the research priorities for the future. This system...

    Authors: Sonja J McIlfatrick and Tara Murphy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:33
  26. This paper focuses on the sustainability of existing palliative care teams that provide home-based care in a shared care model. For the purposes of this study, following Evashwick and Ory (2003), sustainabilit...

    Authors: Lily DeMiglio and Allison M Williams
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:32
  27. The need for palliative care in sub-Saharan Africa is staggering: this region shoulders over 67% of the global burden of HIV/AIDS and cancer. However, provisions for these essential services remain limited and...

    Authors: Kamal G Shah, Tara Lyn Slough, Ping Teresa Yeh, Suave Gombwa, Athanase Kiromera, Z Maria Oden and Rebecca R Richards-Kortum
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:31
  28. Palliative care for people with dementia is often sub-optimal. This is partly because of the challenging nature of dementia itself, and partly because of system failings that are particularly salient in primar...

    Authors: Steve Iliffe, Nathan Davies, Myrra Vernooij-Dassen, Jasper van Riet Paap, Ragni Sommerbakk, Elena Mariani, Birgit Jaspers, Lukas Radbruch, Jill Manthorpe, Laura Maio, Dagny Haugen and Yvonne Engels
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:30
  29. End-of-life care in dementia in nursing homes is often found to be suboptimal. The Feedback on End-of-Life care in dementia (FOLlow-up) project tests the effectiveness of audit- and feedback to improve the qua...

    Authors: Jannie A Boogaard, Mirjam C van Soest-Poortvliet, Johannes R Anema, Wilco P Achterberg, Cees M P M Hertogh, Henrica C W de Vet and Jenny T van der Steen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:29
  30. Population-based mortality follow-back survey designs have been used to collect information concerning end-of-life care from bereaved family members in several countries. In Canada, this design was recently em...

    Authors: Beverley Lawson, Kristine Van Aarsen and Frederick Burge
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:28
  31. Pain is an important issue in end of life care. Although musculoskeletal pain is common in older adults, it is rarely associated with the cause of death and may be overlooked as death approaches. Hence a major...

    Authors: Alison Kate Lillie, Sue Read, Christian Mallen, Peter Croft and John McBeth
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:27
  32. Aboriginal Australians have a lower rate of utilisation of palliative care services than the general population. This study aimed to explore care providers’ experiences and concerns in providing palliative car...

    Authors: Shaouli Shahid, Dawn Bessarab, Katherine D van Schaik, Samar M Aoun and Sandra C Thompson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:26
  33. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in England. About 40% of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed following an emergency admission (DFEA) to hospital. DFEA is more common in women, and mor...

    Authors: Andrew Wilcock, Vincent Crosby, Sarah Freer, Alison Freemantle, Glenys Caswell and Jane Seymour
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:24
  34. Hypoventilation due to respiratory muscle atrophy is the most common cause of death as a result of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Patients aged over 65 years and presenting bulbar symptoms are likely to ...

    Authors: Waltteri Siirala, Riku Aantaa, Klaus T Olkkola, Tarja Saaresranta and Arno Vuori
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:23
  35. Although meta-analyses have demonstrated that physical activity can positively impact quality of life outcomes in early stage cancer patients, it is not yet known whether these benefits can be extended to pati...

    Authors: Sonya S Lowe, Sharon M Watanabe, Vickie E Baracos and Kerry S Courneya
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:22
  36. Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) territory strokes can be disabling and may leave patients unable to swallow safely. Decisions regarding artificial nutrition and goals of care often arise in patients with severe s...

    Authors: Christa O’Hana V San Luis, Ilene Staff, Gilbert J Fortunato and Louise D McCullough
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:21
  37. The introduction of paediatric palliative care and referral to specialised teams still occurs late in the illness trajectory of children with life-limiting diseases. The aim of this ongoing multipart study was...

    Authors: Eva Bergstraesser, Richard D Hain and José L Pereira
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:20
  38. Children’s palliative care is a relatively new clinical specialty. Its nature is multi-dimensional and its delivery necessarily multi-professional. Numerous diverse public and not-for-profit organisations typi...

    Authors: Jane Noyes, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Richard P Hastings, Richard Hain, Vasiliki Totsika, Virginia Bennett, Lucie Hobson, Gareth R Davies, Ciarán Humphreys, Mary Devins, Llinos Haf Spencer and Mary Lewis
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:18
  39. It is estimated that 29% of deaths in Australia are caused by malignant disease each year and can be expected to increase with population ageing. In advanced cancer, the prevalence of fatigue is high at 70–90%...

    Authors: Hugh EJ Senior, Geoffrey K Mitchell, Jane Nikles, Sue-Ann Carmont, Philip J Schluter, David C Currow, Rohan Vora, Michael J Yelland, Meera Agar, Phillip D Good and Janet R Hardy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:17
  40. Improving palliative care management in acute hospital settings has been identified as a priority internationally. The aim of this study was to establish the proportion of inpatients within one acute hospital ...

    Authors: Merryn Gott, Rosemary Frey, Deborah Raphael, Anne O’Callaghan, Jackie Robinson and Michal Boyd
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:15
  41. Dying at home is highly prevalent in Africa partly due to lack of accessibility of modern health services. In turn, limited infrastructure and health care deliveries in Africa complicate access to health servi...

    Authors: Aderaw Anteneh, Tekebash Araya and Awoke Misganaw
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:14
  42. Dying is inescapable yet remains a neglected issue in modern health care. The research question in this study was “what is going on in the field of dying today?” What emerged was to eventually present a ground...

    Authors: Hans O Thulesius, Helen Scott, Gert Helgesson and Niels Lynöe
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:13
  43. Radiation therapy is a well-recognized, effective modality used for palliative care. Most studies completed to date have endpoints of one month or greater after treatment completion. This study analyzed the re...

    Authors: Pierre Truntzer, David Atlani, Marius Pop, Jean-Baptiste Clavier, Sébastien Guihard, Catherine Schumacher and Georges Noel
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:12
  44. The requirement to meet the palliative needs of acute hospital populations has grown in recent years. With increasing numbers of frail older people needing hospital care as a result of both malignant and non-m...

    Authors: Tony Ryan, Christine Ingleton, Clare Gardiner, Chris Parker, Merryn Gott and Bill Noble
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2013 12:11

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