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Pain management in palliative care

Guest Editors:
Guillaume Economos, MD. PhD: Hospices Civils de Lyon, France
Sebastiano Mercadante: La Maddalena Cancer Center, Italy

BMC Palliative Care has published this Collection on the challenging topic of pain assessment and control in palliative care.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Guillaume Economos: Hospices Civils de Lyon, France

After training as a General Practitioner, Dr. Economos specialized in Palliative Medicine with Prof. Marilène Filbet, who shared her passion for this specialty and research with him. He then spent a year at Cicely Saunders Institute, developing skills in this field to return to Lyon for a clinical academic position. As a clinical academic in Palliative Medicine, he has been engaged in palliative care provision, education, and research since 2019 at the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the Hospices Civils de Lyon. He is now in charge of developing research in this field, specifically focusing on implementation sciences applied to palliative care and sexual health promotion to advanced cancer patients.

Sebastiano Mercadante: La Maddalena Cancer Center, Italy
After receiving a degree in Medicine and Surgery, Sebastiano Mercadante specialized in Anesthesiology and Science of Nutrition at the University of Palermo and obtained the National Habilitation for Professor of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care, and Pain Therapy. Prof Mercadante is now the Director of the Anesthesia & Intensive Care Unit at the Pain Relief & Palliative/Supportive Care Unit of La Maddalena Cancer Center in Palermo, Italy, and the Scientific Director of the regional home care program SAMOT. He is the author of over 500 papers published in peer-reviewed international journals and 40 book chapters. He is Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and/or referee for more than 40 international peer-reviewed journals in pain and symptom management, and anesthesiology. He has presented more than 600 lectures at national and international congresses. During his extensive career, Prof Mercadante has received several prestigious awards, including Award Umberto Veronesi 2003; Award of Excellence in Scientific Research, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Boston 2010; John Mendelson MD Award, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center "For Extraordinary Contribution in Palliative Care" Houston, 11-12 October 2013; 2022-2021. First expert around the world on "cancer pain" and "breakthrough pain" (; Patent for "New Delivery System for Analgesics." N.21596IT/EL/FG/EM). Since December 2016, he has been an Adjunct Professor of Palliative Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Italian National Ministerial Commission for Pain and Palliative Care.

About the collection

BMC Palliative Care has published this Collection on the challenging topic of pain assessment and control in palliative care.

Pain is a common symptom affecting the quality of life of more than half of patients with many advanced and progressive diseases. As it is a subjective phenomenon, effective pain relief in palliative patients depends mainly on a thorough assessment that identifies each patient's different physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects and on optimal interventions involving multiple disciplines. Despite the recent progress in pain physiology research and pharmacological management, the complexity of pain control is still a challenge for professionals, particularly for patients at the end of life. 

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

•    Pain assessment
•    Pain assessment in non-communicative patients
•    Causes of pain
•    Neuropathic pain
•    Pharmacological therapies and administration routes
•    Side effects of medications
•    Non-pharmacological interventions

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  1. Despite pain control being a top priority in end-of-life care, pain continues to be a troublesome symptom and comprehensive data on pain prevalence and pain relief in patients with different diagnoses are scarce.

    Authors: Christel Hedman, Per Fürst, Peter Strang, Maria E.C. Schelin, Staffan Lundström and Lisa Martinsson
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:171
  2. In response to the rapid aging population and increasing number of cancer patients, discussions on dignified end-of-life (EoL) decisions are active around the world. Therefore, this study aimed to identify the...

    Authors: Il Yun, Eun-Cheol Park, Chung Mo Nam, Jaeyong Shin, Suk-Yong Jang and Sung-In Jang
    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2024 23:111

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 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 "Pain management 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.