- Claudia Bausewein, University of Munich
- Linda Emanuel, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Mary Ann Murray, University of Ottawa
- Sheila Payne, University of Sheffield
- Sharon Watanabe, Cross Cancer Institute
- Catia Cornacchia, BioMed Central
Evidence from the literature suggests that as illness progresses, most people prefer to die at home and most do not change their preferred location to die, however, there is a significant minority whose views must be taken into account.
A new set of web-based resources for parents and children with life-limiting conditions can be used to help families with planning ahead and determining care preferences, with more needing to be done to train professionals to help engage with these families.
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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."