First year experiences with a palliative out-patients structure for patients with COPD: a qualitative study of health professionals’ expectations and experiences

October 16, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 113

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study describes the development of a new palliative outpatients structure to improve the care of patients with advanced COPD. The study also explores health professionals’ expectations and experiences of the new structure.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Timing of referral for hospice-based palliative care varies nationwide

October 16, 2018

Source: Nursing Times 2018; 114 (11): 51

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Date of publication: November 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This article summarizes the results of a retrospective study looking at the time when people are referred for hospice care. The study provides detailed data on patterns of referrals to UK hospices and highlights variations in referral patterns depending on age, disease and location.

Length of publication: 1 page

Some important information: The full study on which this article is based can be viewed here.


How are physicians delivering palliative care? A population-based retrospective cohort study describing the mix of generalist and specialist palliative care models in the last year of life

October 15, 2018

Source: Palliative Medicine 2018; 32 (8): 1334-1343

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study describes the models of physician-based palliative care services delivered to patients in the last 12 months of life in Ontario, Canada, looking particularly at the mix of generalist and specialist palliative care.

Length of publication: 10 pages


Music therapy in UK palliative and end-of-life care: a service evaluation

September 12, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (3): 282-284

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Short Report

In a nutshell: This service evaluation aims to identify the provision, role and perceived impact of UK music therapists in supporting patients receiving palliative and end-of-life care, their families and health and social care professionals.

Length of publication: 3 pages


What is the cost of palliative care in the UK?

September 12, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (3): 250-257

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looks at the costs of specialist and generalist palliative care in the UK, and aims to explore the different approaches used for capturing activity and unit cost data.

Length of publication: 8 pages


Access to hospital and community palliative care for patients with advanced cancer: A longitudinal population analysis

September 12, 2018

Source: PLoS One 2018; 13 (8): e0200071

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to establish the proportion of cancer patients receiving community or hospital based palliative care before death in the UK, to describe the duration and intensity of the palliative care provided, and the associations between palliative care provision and patient characteristics.

Length of publication: 12 pages


The ‘lived experience’ of palliative care patients in one acute hospital setting – a qualitative study

August 3, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018, 17:91

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Date of publication: July 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study was to explore the ‘lived experience’ of a group of patients with palliative care needs who had recently been in-patients in one acute hospital trust in the north-west of England.

Overall inpatient experience was viewed positively. Individual narratives illustrated compassionate and responsive care, with the patient at the centre. However, challenges were evident, particularly regarding over-stretched staff and resources, and modes of communication, which seemed to impact on patient experience.

Length of publication: 10 pages