International journal of palliative nursing
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Book review: august 2013.
A doctor dies and goes to heaven. St Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and checks him in. After he's finished, St Peter says to the doctor, 'Look at the time: you must be hungry! Heaven's cafeteria is serving lunch, why don't you get yourself something to eat?' The doctor goes to the cafeteria and...
Politics and palliative care: Brazil.
The Federal Republic of Brazil is the largest country in South America, covering almost half of the continent's land area, and is also the world's fifth biggest nation state, both by topographical area and by population.
Malignant pleural effusion in the palliative care setting.
Malignant pleural effusion (MPE) is a distressing condition for the patient, causing many symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough, an uncomfortable feeling of heaviness in the chest, and pleuritic pain. MPE reduces quality of life and functional status. It indicates that the disease is now a...
Death in nursing homes: a Danish qualitative study.
Little is known about the quality of end-of-life care in Danish nursing homes (NHs). This qualitative descriptive study based on semi-structured group interviews with nursing staff members in three NHs in Copenhagen, Denmark, aimed to describe the participants' perceptions of end-of-life care in Dan...
The experiences of patients undergoing blood transfusion in a day hospice.
To explore patients' views on living with anaemia and undergoing blood transfusions in a day hospice. This was a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. Ten patients who between them had received 90 transfusions were purposively sampled from the hospice day unit. The interviews were digi...
Follow-up evaluation of a course to develop effective communication and relationship skills for palliative care.
This paper reports on a longitudinal follow-up evaluation of an interprofessional experiential course to support the development of effective communication and interpersonal relationship skills in palliative care: 'It's good to listen: advanced communication skills in end of life car...
Interventional pain management in the palliative care patient.
For the majority of patients, cancer pain can be treated using the World Health Organization cancer pain guidelines; however, for 10-20% of patients with advanced cancer, adequate pain control cannot be achieved using these methods owing to disease pathophysiology preventing administ...
Oral care in nursing practice: a pragmatic representation.
Oral care for patients receiving non-specialist palliative care has been reported to be lacking in several respects. The present study explored the oral care social representation of nurses and health-care assistants providing non-specialist palliative care. A mixed methodology utili...
Developing a long-term ventilation service in a children's hospice: an illustrative case study.
Children who use long-term ventilation at home and their parents find it difficult to access suitable respite services for short breaks. This article describes, through the use of a case study, a project to develop a respite service for such children at a children's hospice in Englan...
Politics and palliative care: Sweden.
The Kingdom of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy with a democratically elected parliamentary system of government. It is the third largest country in the European Union by area, with a population of just less than 10 million inhabitants and a relatively low population density by Eu...