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  1. Palliative care should be provided according to the individual needs of the patient, caregiver and family, so that the type and level of care provided, as well as the setting in which it is delivered, are depe...

    Authors: Amy Waller, Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, Geoff Mitchell, Patsy Yates, Linda Kristjanson, Martin Tattersall, Christophe Lecathelinais, David Sibbritt, Brian Kelly, Emma Gorton and David Currow
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2010 9:2
  2. In palliative care it would be necessary to refer to a model. Nevertheless it seems that there are no official statements which state and describe that model. We carried out an analysis of the statements on pr...

    Authors: Gaia Barazzetti, Claudia Borreani, Guido Miccinesi and Franco Toscani
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2010 9:1
  3. The prevalence and implementation of institutional end-of-life policies has been comprehensively studied in Flanders, Belgium, a country where euthanasia was legalised in 2002. Developing end-of-life policies ...

    Authors: Ina D'Haene, Robert H Vander Stichele, H Roeline W Pasman, Nele Van den Noortgate, Johan Bilsen, Freddy Mortier and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:20
  4. In the Netherlands, the increase in of out-of-hours care that is provided by GP co-operatives is challenging the continuity of care for the terminally ill in general practice. Aim of this study is to investiga...

    Authors: Bart Schweitzer, Nettie Blankenstein, Maartje Willekens, Elmi Terpstra, Paul Giesen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:19
  5. Most terminally ill cancer patients and their relatives wish that the patient dies at home. Community nurses (CNs) are often frontline workers in the patients' homes and CN involvement may be important in atta...

    Authors: Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Peter Vedsted, Frede Olesen, Ineta Sokolowski, Anders Bonde Jensen and Jens Sondergaard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:18
  6. Out-of-hours GP care in England, Denmark and the Netherlands has been reorganised and is now provided by large scale GP co-operatives. Adequate transfer of information is necessary in order to assure continuit...

    Authors: Bart PM Schweitzer, Nettie Blankenstein, Luc Deliens and Henriette van der Horst
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:17
  7. Unbearable suffering is an important issue in end-of-life decisions. However, there has been no systematic, prospective, patient-oriented research which has focused on unbearable suffering, nor is there a suit...

    Authors: Cees DM Ruijs, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Gerrit van der Wal and Ad JFM Kerkhof
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:16
  8. As the populations of many developed nations continue to age at rapid rates it is becoming increasingly important to enhance palliative care service delivery in order to meet anticipated demand. Rural areas fa...

    Authors: Valorie A Crooks, Heather Castleden, Nadine Schuurman and Neil Hanlon
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:15
  9. Opioid analgesics have proven efficacy in the short-term management of chronic cancer pain, but data on their long-term use is more limited. OROS® hydromorphone is a controlled-release formulation of oral hydromo...

    Authors: Magdi Hanna, Alberto Tuca and John Thipphawong
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:14
  10. Primary health care providers play a dominant role in the provision of palliative care (PC) in Australia but many gaps in after hours service remain. In some rural areas only 19% of people receiving palliative...

    Authors: Heather M Tan, Margaret M O'Connor, Gail Miles, Britt Klein and Peter Schattner
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:13
  11. Spinal fractures are a common source of morbidity in cancer patients. Balloon Kyphoplasty (BKP) is a minimally invasive procedure designed to stabilize fractures and correct vertebral deformities. We performed...

    Authors: Carmen Bouza, Teresa López-Cuadrado, Patricia Cediel, Zuleika Saz-Parkinson and José María Amate
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:12
  12. Statements on potential measures to improve palliative care in Germany predominantly reflect the points of view of experts from specialized palliative care organizations. By contrast, relatively little is know...

    Authors: Sara Lena Lueckmann, Mareike Behmann, Susanne Bisson and Nils Schneider
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:10
  13. The Breathlessness Intervention Service is a novel service for patients with intractable breathlessness regardless of aetiology. It is being evaluated using the Medical Research Council's framework for the eva...

    Authors: Morag C Farquhar, Irene J Higginson, Petrea Fagan and Sara Booth
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:9
  14. Providing appropriate palliative care for older people is a major task for health care systems worldwide, and up to now it has also been one of the most neglected. Focusing on the German health care system, we...

    Authors: Torben Brueckner, Martin Schumacher and Nils Schneider
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:7
  15. This paper explores carers' views of dying, death and bereavement for family members who had recently died with heart failure adding to a growing literature on end of life experiences for people with condition...

    Authors: Neil Small, Sarah Barnes, Merryn Gott, Sheila Payne, Chris Parker, David Seamark and Salah Gariballa
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:6
  16. Loss of dignity for people with advanced cancer is associated with high levels of psychological and spiritual distress and the loss of the will to live. Dignity Therapy is a brief psychotherapy, which has been...

    Authors: Sue Hall, Polly Edmonds, Richard Harding, Harvey Chochinov and Irene J Higginson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:5
  17. For the further development of palliative care, it is relevant to gain insight into trends in non-acute mortality. The aim of this article is twofold: (a) to provide insight into ten-year trends in the charact...

    Authors: Lud FJ van der Velden, Anneke L Francke, Lammert Hingstman and Dick L Willems
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:4
  18. There are no validated measuring tools to gauge the effectiveness of a Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Team (PCCT). One way would be to consider its effect on the consumption of opioids expressed in tota...

    Authors: Carlos Centeno, María Angustias Portela, Antonio Noguera, Antonio Idoate and Álvaro Sanz Rubiales
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:2
  19. This study examines the prevalence and nature of bereavement help-seeking among the population who experienced an "expected" death in the five years before their survey response. Such whole population data are...

    Authors: David C Currow, Katrina Allen, John Plummer, Samar Aoun, Meg Hegarty and Amy P Abernethy
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:19
  20. Long-acting opioid formulations are advocated for maintaining pain control in chronic cancer pain. OROS® hydromorphone is a sustained-release formulation of hydromorphone that requires dosing once daily to mainta...

    Authors: Magdi Hanna and John Thipphawong
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:17
  21. Many patients with advanced, serious, non-malignant disease belong to the population generally seen on medical wards. However, little research has been carried out on palliative care needs in this group. The a...

    Authors: Katrin Ruth Sigurdardottir and Dagny Faksvåg Haugen
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:16
  22. Spouses' involvement in palliative care is often a prerequisite for home death, but it is unclear whether active involvement of the spouse, e.g. administering and being in charge of oral or subcutaneous medica...

    Authors: Anna Weibull, Frede Olesen and Mette Asbjoern Neergaard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:15
  23. During the last stage of life, palliative care patients often experience episodes of respiratory distress, bleeding, pain or seizures. In such situations, caregivers may call emergency medical services leading...

    Authors: Christoph HR Wiese, Andrea Vossen-Wellmann, Hannah C Morgenthal, Aron F Popov, Bernhard M Graf and Gerd G Hanekop
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:11
  24. The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) was first introduced in1996 as a new tool for measurement of performance status in palliative care. PPS has been used in many countries and has been translated into other...

    Authors: Francis Ho, Francis Lau, Michael G Downing and Mary Lesperance
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:10
  25. There is increasing interest in improving the quality of care that patients with advanced dementia receive when they are dying. Our understanding of the palliative care needs of these patients and the natural ...

    Authors: Elizabeth L Sampson, Ingela Thuné-Boyle, Riitta Kukkastenvehmas, Louise Jones, Adrian Tookman, Michael King and Martin R Blanchard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:8
  26. Palliative care has been proposed for progressive non-cancer conditions but there have been few evaluations of service developments. We analysed recruitment, compliance and follow-up data of a fast track (or w...

    Authors: Irene J Higginson, Sam Hart, Rachel Burman, Eli Silber, Tariq Saleem and Polly Edmonds
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:7
  27. Recent research shows that the prevalence of patients with very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic renal failure (CRF) continues to rise over the ne...

    Authors: Daisy JA Janssen, Emiel FM Wouters, Jos MGA Schols and Martijn A Spruit
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:5
  28. Most people prefer home palliation but die in an institution. Some experience decisional conflict when weighing options regarding place of care. Clinicians can identify patients' decisional needs and provide d...

    Authors: Mary Ann Murray, Annette O'Connor, Dawn Stacey and Keith G Wilson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:4
  29. The cachexia-anorexia syndrome impacts on patients' physical independence and quality of life. New treatments are required and need to be evaluated using acceptable and reliable outcome measures, e.g. the asse...

    Authors: Andrew Wilcock, Matthew Maddocks, Mary Lewis, Paul Howard, Jacky Frisby, Sarah Bell, Bisharat El Khoury, Cathann Manderson, Helen Evans and Simon Mockett
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:3
  30. Discrepancies between the information that patients have received and the patients' awareness of their condition have frequently been observed in literature and given a number of different explanations. The ch...

    Authors: Lena Hoff and Göran Hermerén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:2
  31. Knowledge about the quality and organisation of care to terminally ill cancer patients with a relatives' view in a primary health care setting is limited.

    Authors: Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Frede Olesen, Anders Bonde Jensen and Jens Sondergaard
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2008 7:1
  32. Much money and energy has been spent on the study of the molecular biology of malignant brain tumours. However, little attention has been paid to the wishes of patients afflicted with these incurable tumours, ...

    Authors: Nir Lipsman, Abby Skanda, Jonathan Kimmelman and Mark Bernstein
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:7
  33. End-of-life care has become an issue of great clinical and public health concern. From analyses of official death certificates, we have societal knowledge on how many people die, at what age, where and from wh...

    Authors: Lieve Van den Block, Viviane Van Casteren, Reginald Deschepper, Nathalie Bossuyt, Katrien Drieskens, Sabien Bauwens, Johan Bilsen and Luc Deliens
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:6
  34. The care of palliative patients challenges the health care system in both quantity and quality. Especially the role of primary care givers needs to be strengthened to provide them with the knowledge and the co...

    Authors: Thomas Rosemann, Katja Hermann, Antje Miksch, Peter Engeser and Joachim Szecsenyi
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:5
  35. "Terminal sedation" regarded as the use of sedation in (pre-)terminal patients with treatment-refractory symptoms is controversially discussed not only within palliative medicine. While supporters consider ter...

    Authors: Alfred Simon, Magdalene Kar, José Hinz and Dietmar Beck
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:4
  36. The Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) is recommended as a pain measurement tool by the Expert Working Group of the European Association of Palliative Care. The BPI is designed to assess both pain severity and interfe...

    Authors: Guri Stenseth, Marit Bjørnnes, Stein Kaasa and Pål Klepstad
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:2
  37. Many studies have been published about giving and receiving bad messages. However, only a few of them have followed the patients all the way through a disease as is done in this study. Many studies have been w...

    Authors: Lena Hoff, Ulf Tidefelt, Lars Thaning and Göran Hermerén
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2007 6:1
  38. Palliative care has been proposed to help meet the needs of patients who suffer progressive non-cancer conditions but there have been few evaluations of service development initiatives. We report here a novel ...

    Authors: Irene J Higginson, Bella Vivat, Eli Silber, Tariq Saleem, Rachel Burman, Sam Hart and Polly Edmonds
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:7
  39. Although the attitude among doctors toward disclosing a cancer diagnosis is becoming more positive, informing patients of their disease has not yet become a common practice in Japan. We examined the psychologi...

    Authors: Yuko Maeda, Akihito Hagihara, Eiko Kobori and Takeo Nakayama
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:6

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