Special Issue "Palliative and End-of-Life Care"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: palliative and end-of-life care; geriatric oncology; educational and health psychology
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Interests: end-of-life care; gerontology and geriatric care; care ethics
The landscape of palliative and end-of-life care has changed substantially in the past decade due to changes in the demographics, medical technology, and disease pattern, which have resulted in a huge number of people who live with chronic progressive conditions. Decisions about medical treatments have become very complicated, as the survival rate is no longer being seen as the sole care outcome and the burdens and benefits brought by the treatments are subject to interpretation. This gives rise to growing concerns over what is meant by “good death”, and thus how to define good care near the end of life.
The increasing number of people with palliative care needs has also led to an unprecedented dependence on carer support for high-quality care. There is a growing realization that the provision of palliative care is a vital element to meet the complex needs of these patients and their family including various distressing symptoms, as well as social and psycho-spiritual concerns from the time of diagnosis until the last phase of life, and thereby to optimize their quality of life.
This Special Issue is intended to inform policy and practice for improving palliative and end-of-life care. The topics of interest include but are not limited to identifying personal, socio-cultural, environmental, and legal factors influencing the quality of end-of-life care, perspectives or experiences of various stakeholders towards palliative and end-of-life care, the palliative care needs of patients and family members, developing and testing of innovative interventions in supporting caregiving in palliative care or promoting palliative care, and in optimizing the quality of life of people with life-limiting conditions and their family members. Different kinds of articles, such as original articles, literature reviews, and brief reports, are welcomed.
Dr. Doris Y. P. Leung
Dr. Helen Y. L. Chan
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- Palliative care
- End-of-life care
- Hospice care
- Advance care planning
- Complex chronic condition
- Life-limiting condition
- Life-threatening diseases
- Quality of life