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Details of primary studies
Country Primary study title Aim Participants Patient consent Funding
Belgium Medical and ethical quality of care when taking EoL decisions. To develop a guideline for general practitioners (GPs) on EoL communication with patients who wish to die at home. Patients with terminal illnesses (n = 17). Informed consent was obtained verbally. Belgian Science Policy.
The Netherlands End-of-life care in general practice in the Netherlands. To explore the aspects valued by both patients and GPs in EoL care at home. Patients with terminal illnesses in the care of a GP (n = 30). Written informed consent obtained. Centre for Development of Palliative Care Amsterdam, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports.
United Kingdom Ethnicity and cancer: examining psychosocial transitions for older people. To investigate the cultural constructs of loss, transition, and adaptation when encountering a diagnosis of a life threatening illness; to elicit narratives from older adults about their experiences of cancer diagnosis. Chinese (n = 24) and white (n = 47) hospice day centre patients. Written informed consent obtained. Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Evans et al.

Evans et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:24   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-24

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