Special Issue "Recent Advances in Palliative Care"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2018)
Palliative care has traditionally been associated with cancer, but it is now widely acknowledged that palliative care is necessary to provide support to patients with any life-limiting disease, and their carers. This is reflected in policy documents and changing healthcare practice across the world. Palliative care is an approach described by the World Health Organization that aims to improve the quality of life for people who are dying and those caring for them, and relieve suffering. Palliative care is achieved by means of early identification of need, competent assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual distress. The introduction of palliative care is often appropriate early in the course of a disease and may be provided in addition to treatments intended to prolong life. Bereavement support for people who are grieving after death is also an integral part of palliative care.
The aim of this Special Issue:
- To advocate for mental health and psychological wellbeing in people receiving palliative care and their loved ones.
- To highlight holistic health outcomes of significance to those with life limiting disease.
- To highlight the need for continued appropriate and integrated psychological care for people living with life limiting diseases as the end of life approaches
- To provide interesting information, commentary and research on any areas related to palliative care
- To provide specific learning points for multidisciplinary HCPs working in healthcare generally where palliative care is provided
- To provide specific future areas for research via authors’ work.
- Psychosocial aspects of palliative care
- Palliative care and implications for health and well-being
- Key issues in managing palliative care services
- Families: understanding their changing role and supporting those caring for the dying.
- Open and sensitive communication
- Maintaining good symptom control
- Interventions to support integrated psychological care and holistic health outcomes
- Measuring outcomes
- How service users can help develop successful palliative care pathways.
- Support in bereavement
Dr. Helen Noble
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 550 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- palliative care
- life limiting disease
- end of life
- death and dying