- Claudia Bausewein, University of Munich
- Linda Emanuel, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Nancy Preston, Lancaster University
- Sharon Watanabe, Cross Cancer Institute
- David Wright, University of Ottawa
- Catia Cornacchia, BioMed Central
A secondary analysis from two cluster trials demonstrated the feasibility of assessing quality of care at the end of life using a combination of after-death assessment approaches.
Technology, time and personal preference of either the clinician or family for face to face or telephone only support are still considered barriers for the use of home telehealth program in paediatric palliative care.
A population-based survey focused on care provided to adults during their last 30 days of life revealed that no one location stood out as being better or worse in terms of perceived unmet need or concerns.
A qualitative study explores needs of family carers, highlighting the importance of an educational package which might address knowledge gaps and training needs of carers and help them building confidence to ask for further support as needed.
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Section Editor's profile
Sharon M. Watanabe, MD is Professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, and Director of the Department of Symptom Control and Palliative Care at the Cross Cancer Institute, Edmonton, Canada. Her research focus is symptom assessment.
"I am pleased to have been involved with BMC Palliative Care, first as an Associate Editor and now as Section Editor for Cancer Palliative Care. I have been impressed with the journal's high editorial standards, and rapidity of the peer review and publication process. Moreover, I strongly believe in the value of BMC Palliative Care's open access policy, which makes new knowledge available to the global palliative care community, irrespective of institutional affiliation or financial means."