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Review Collection: Last days of life

36 reviews


Bruno VG. Hypodermoclysis: a literature review to assist in clinical practice. Einstein (Sao Paulo). 2015 Jan-Mar;13(1):122-8. Epub 2015 Mar 24.


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.

Kirchhoff KT, Faas AI. Family support at end of life. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;18(4):426-35.


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 16 November 2015