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Call for papers-Spirituality in Palliative Care

Guest Editors:
Michael Connolly University College Dublin, Ireland
Barry QuinnQueen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2023


BMC Palliative Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on spiritual support in life threatening illnesses and end of life care.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Michael Connolly University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Michael Connolly, Joint Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland and Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, Ireland.  Dr. Connolly has over 20 years’ experience in nursing and healthcare education. His teaching and research interests include palliative care; ethical and legal issues in nursing, midwifery and health care; ethical issues at end-of-life; health inequalities; and spirituality in health and palliative care. Michael is Associate Editor for BMC Palliative Care and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Nursing and reviews regularly for a range of high impact nursing and healthcare journals.

Barry QuinnQueen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Barry, has been working as a clinician, academic and researcher in the field of cancer and palliative care for over 30 years and is particularly interested in addressing spirituality, suffering and symptom management in the palliative care setting. Barry has published numerous articles and book chapters on a range of end-of-life care issues including, addressing spirituality, a holistic approach to pain in advanced cancer, symptom management, diversity and inclusion, communication and compassionate leadership. He is the Chair of the Managing Advanced Cancer Pain (MACPT) and the European Oral Care in Cancer (EOCC) expert groups. He is currently working on an inter-professional project for community based nurses, doctors and pharmacists to support people living with advanced cancer. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international meetings. He is a member of the Irish Palliative Care Research Network and a Senior Editor for BMC Palliative Care, he continues to review articles for nursing  and medical publications.


About the collection

BMC Palliative Care  is calling for submissions to our Collection on Spirituality in Palliative Care.

Spiritual care is an essential domain of palliative care and it has been included in the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of palliative care for almost 15 years. Even though its influence on quality of life is widely recognized, spiritual care has been the most neglected component of palliative care for a long time. However, in recent years, initiatives, including progress at national levels, have been established to promote the integration of this dimension of palliative care in research and clinical care. Growing evidence supports the importance of spiritual care at the end of life and its positive effects on patients’ quality of life have been reported across age groups and patient groups/medical conditions.

In recognition of the important field, BMC Palliative Care has launched this Collection which encourage submissions including but not limited to those addressing:

  • Assessment of spiritual needs in life threatening illnesses/end of life
  • Assessment of spiritual distress in threatening illnesses/end of life
  • Relationship between spiritual support and the other components of palliative and end of life care
  • Effectiveness of spiritual care in palliative care
  • Spiritual support to palliative care patients and to those around them
  • Interventions to implement the integration of spiritual care in palliative care
  • Person spiritual awareness and its influence on clinical practice


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  1. Although being recognized by the World Health Organization as an essential domain of palliative care, spiritual care is still one of the most neglected component of the healthcare system. In this editorial, we...

    Authors: Barry Quinn and Michael Connolly
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2023 22:1

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Spirituality in Palliative Care" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.