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Review Collection: End-of-life

34 reviews


Guo Q1, Jacelon CS. An integrative review of dignity in end-of-life care. Palliat Med. 2014 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Tan LH, Delaney A Medical emergency teams and end-of-life care: a systematic review. Crit Care Resusc. 2014 Mar;16(1):62-8.


Kehl KA, Kowalkowski JA. A systematic review of the prevalence of signs of impending death and symptoms in the last 2 weeks of life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Sep;30(6):601-16. Epub 2012 Dec 12.


Candy B, Jones L, Varagunam M, Speck P, Tookman A, King M. Spiritual and religious interventions for well-being of adults in the terminal phase of disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 May 16;5:CD007544.


Bloomer MJ,Moss C,Cross WM. End-of-Life care in acute hospitals: An integrative literature review. J Nurs Healthcare Chronic Illness. 2011 Feb;3(3):165-73.

Burkle CM, Schipper AM, Wijdicks EFM. Brain death and the courts. Neurology. 2011 Mar 1;76(9):837-41.

Candy B, Jones L, Drake R, Leurent B, King M. Interventions for supporting informal caregivers of patients in the terminal phase of a disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jun 15;6:CD007617.

Chan RJ, Webster J. A Cochrane review of the effects of end-of-life care pathways: Do they improve patient outcomes? Aust J Cancer Nurs. 2011 Nov;12(2):26-30.

Dalacorte RR, Rigo JC, Dalacorte A. Pain management in the elderly at the end of life. N Am J Med Sci. 2011 Aug;3(8):348-54.

Phillips JL, Halcomb EJ, Davidson PM. End-of-life care pathways in acute and hospice care: an integrative review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 May;41(5):940-55. Epub 2011 Mar 12.

Watts T. Initiating end-of-life care pathways: a discussion paper. J Adv Nurs. 2012 Oct;68(10):2359-70. Epub 2011 Dec 29.


Parsons C, Hughes CM, Passmore AP, Lapane KL. Withholding, discontinuing and withdrawing medications in dementia patients at the end of life: a neglected problem in the disadvantaged dying? Drugs Aging. 2010 Jun 1;27(6):435-49.

Simoens S, Kutten B, Keirse E, Berghe PV, Beguin C, Desmedt M, Deveugele M, Léonard C, Paulus D, Menten J. The costs of treating terminal patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Sep;40(3):436-48. Epub 2010 Jun 25.


Harris DG, Noble SI. Management of terminal hemorrhage in patients with advanced cancer: a systematic literature review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Dec;38(6):913-27. Epub.

Kintzel PE, Chase SL, Thomas W, Vancamp DM, Clements EA. Anticholinergic medications for managing noisy respirations in adult hospice patients. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009 Mar 1;66(5):458-64.

Odell M, Victor C, Oliver D. Nurses' role in detecting deterioration in ward patients: systematic literature review. J Adv Nurs. 2009 Oct;65(10):1992-2006.

Saposnik G, Basile VS, Young GB. Movements in brain death: a systematic review. Can J Neurol Sci. 2009 Mar;36(2):154-60.


Anderson A, Kralik D. Palliative care at home: nurses, carers and subcutaneous medication management: 2006-2008. RDNS Research Unit. Adelaide. 2008 Apr. No abstract available.

Waldrop DP. Treatment at the end of life. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2008;50 Suppl 1:267-92.

Wee B, Hillier R. Interventions for noisy breathing in patients near to death. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Jan 23;(1):CD005177.


Bavin L. Artificial rehydration in the last days of life: is it beneficial? Int J Palliat Nurs. 2007 Sep;13(9):445-9.

Campbell ML. How to withdraw mechanical ventilation: a systematic review of the literature. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;18(4):397-403.

de Graeff A, Dean M. Palliative sedation therapy in the last weeks of life: a literature review and recommendations for standards. J Palliat Med. 2007 Feb;10(1):67-85.

Engstrom J, Bruno E, Holm B, Hellzen O. Palliative sedation at end of life - a systematic literature review. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Feb;11(1):26-35. Epub 2006 Jul 14.


Kain VJ, Yates PM, Barrett L, Bradley T, Circosta M, Hall A, Hardy J, Israel F, McLeod L, Vora R, Wheatley H. Developing guidelines for syringe driver management. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Feb;12(2):60-9.

Kain VJ, Yates P, Queensland Health, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. Guidelines for syringe driver management in palliative care. Queensland Health, Brisbane. 2006:57pp. (204kb pdf)

McLeod F, Flowers C. A practical guide for nurses in diluent selection for subcutaneous infusion using a syringe driver. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Dec;12(12):558, 560-65.


Fonzo-Christe C, Vukasovic C, Wasilewski-Rasca AF, Bonnabry P. Subcutaneous administration of drugs in the elderly: survey of practice and systematic literature review. Palliat Med. 2005 Apr;19(3):208-19.

Lawrey H. Hyoscine vs. glycopyrronium for drying respiratory secretions in dying patients. Br J Community Nurs. 2005 Sep;10(9):421-4, 426.
Plonk WM, Arnold RM. Terminal care: the last weeks of life. J Palliat Med. 2005 Oct;8(5):1042-54.


Kehl KA. Treatment of terminal restlessness: a review of the evidence. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2004;18(1):5-30.
Clarke EB, Curtis JR, Luce JM, Levy M, Danis M, Nelson J, Solomon MZ; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Critical Care End-Of-Life Peer Workgroup Members. Quality indicators for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2003 Sep;31(9):2255-62.


Bennett M, Lucas V, Brennan M, Hughes A, O’Donnell, Wee B; Association for Palliative Medicine's Science Committee. Using anti-muscarinic drugs in the management of death rattle: evidence based guidelines for palliative care. Palliat Med. 2002 Sep;16(5):369-74.  


Cowan JD, Walsh D. Terminal sedation in palliative medicine--definition and review of the literature. Support Care Cancer. 2001 Sep;9(6):403-7.


Burge FI. Dehydration and provision of fluids in palliative care. What is the evidence? Can Fam Physician. 1996 Dec;42:2383-8.
Last updated 25 September 2015