Review collection - Effectiveness

54 reviews


Abu-Odah H, Su JJ, Wang M, Sheffield D, Molassiotis A. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of expressive writing disclosure on cancer and palliative care patients’ health-related outcomes. Support Care Cancer. 2024;32(1):1-31.

Wulandari BT, Rochmawati E. Effectiveness of dignity therapy on well-being among patients under palliative care: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud. Jan;149:104624.


Hughes MC, Vernon E, Hainstock A. The effectiveness of community-based palliative care programme components: a systematic review. Age Ageing. 2023 Sep 1;52(9):afad175.

Mahendiran M, Yeung H, Rossi S, Khosravani H, Perri GA. Evaluating the Effectiveness of the SPIKES Model to Break Bad News - A Systematic Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Nov;40(11):1231-1260.

Naoum P, Athanasakis K, Pavi E. Is palliative care cost-effective? A systematic review of the literature. Home Health Care Manag Pract. 2023.


Fernandes Pedro J, Reis-Pina P. Palliative Care in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure: A Systematic Review. Acta Med Port. 2022 Feb 1;35(2):111-118. doi: 10.20344/amp.15963. Epub 2022 Feb 1.

Houlihan MCK, Mayahara M, Swanson B, Fogg L. A review of clinical trials of advance care planning interventions adapted for limited health literacy. Palliat Support Care. 2022 Aug;20(4):593-599. doi: 10.1017/S1478951521001152.


Rattner M. Increasing our understanding of nonphysical suffering within palliative care: A scoping review. Palliat Support Care. 2021:1-16. doi:10.1017/S1478951521001127.


Boland JW, Brown MEL, Duenas A, Finn GM, Gibbins J. How effective is undergraduate palliative care teaching for medical students? A systematic literature review. BMJ Open. 2020 Sep 9;10(9):e036458. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036458.

Kingdon A, Spathis A, Brodrick R, Clarke G, Kuhn I, Barclay S. What is the impact of clinically assisted hydration in the last days of life? A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Oct 12:bmjspcare-2020-002600. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002600. Epub ahead of print.

McMahan RD, Tellez I, Sudore RL. Deconstructing the Complexities of Advance Care Planning Outcomes: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go? A Scoping Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Sep 7. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16801. Epub ahead of print.


Amador S, Sampson EL, Goodman C, Robinson L; SEED Research Team. A systematic review and critical appraisal of quality indicators to assess optimal palliative care for older people with dementia. Palliat Med. 2019 Apr;33(4):415-429. doi: 10.1177/0269216319834227. Epub 2019 Mar 11.

Riahi S, Khajehei M. Palliative Care: A Systematic Review of Evidence-Based Interventions. Crit Care Nurs Q. 2019 Jul/Sep;42(3):315-328. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000269.

Sheehan OC, Leff B, Ritchie CS, Garrigues SK, Li L, Saliba D, Fathi R, Boyd CM. A systematic literature review of the assessment of treatment burden experienced by patients and their caregivers. BMC Geriatr. 2019 Oct 11;19(1):262. doi: 10.1186/s12877-019-1222-z.


Athilingam P, Jenkins B. Mobile Phone Apps to Support Heart Failure Self-Care Management: Integrative Review. JMIR Cardio 2018;2(1):e10057

Barker RO, Craig D, Spiers G, Kunonga P. Hanratty B. Who Should Deliver Primary Care in Nursing Homes to Optimize Resident Outcomes? A Systematic Review. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2018 Aug 30. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2018.07.006.

Han HR, Kim K, Murphy J, Cudjoe J, Wilson P, Sharps P, Farley JE. Community health worker interventions to promote psychosocial outcomes among people living with HIV-A systematic review. PLoS One. 2018 Apr 24;13(4):e0194928. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0194928. eCollection 2018.

Peek K, Bryant J, Carey M, Dodd N, Freund M, Lawson S, Meyer C. Reducing falls among people living with dementia: A systematic review. Dementia (London). 2018 Sep 30:1471301218803201. doi: 10.1177/1471301218803201. [Epub ahead of print]

Schmidt-Hansen M, Bennett MI, Arnold S, Bromham N, Hilgart JS. Efficacy, tolerability and acceptability of oxycodone for cancer-related pain in adults: an updated Cochrane systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jun;8(2):117-128. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001457. Epub 2018 Jan 13.

Steindal SA, Torheim H, Oksholm T, Christensen VL, Lee K, Lerdal A, Markussen HØ, Gran G, Leine M, Borge CR. Effectiveness of nursing interventions for breathlessness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Adv Nurs. 2018 Nov 5. doi: 10.1111/jan.13902. [Epub ahead of print]

van Santen J, Dröes RM, Holstege M, Henkemans OB, van Rijn A, de Vries R, van Straten A, Meiland F. Effects of Exergaming in People with Dementia: Results of a Systematic Literature Review. J Alzheimers Dis. 2018;63(2):741-760. doi: 10.3233/JAD-170667.

Wu B, Petrovsky DV, Wang J, Xu H, Zhu Z, Mcconnell ES, Corrazzini KN. Dementia Caregiver Interventions in Chinese Population: A Systematic Review. J Adv Nurs. 2018 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/jan.13865. [Epub ahead of print]


Holmenlund K, Sjøgren P, Nordly M. Specialized palliative care in advanced cancer: What is the efficacy? A systematic review. Palliat Support Care. 2017 Dec;15(6):724-740. doi: 10.1017/S1478951517000402. Epub 2017 Jun 13.

Kassianos AP, Ioannou M, Koutsantoni M, Charalambous H. The impact of specialized palliative care on cancer patients' health-related quality of life: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Sep 20. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3895-1. [Epub ahead of print]

Reljic T, Kumar A, Klocksieben FA, Djulbegovic B. Treatment targeted at underlying disease versus palliative care in terminally ill patients: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2017 Jan 6;7(1):e014661.


da Silva Soares D, Nunes CM, Gomes B. Effectiveness of Emergency Department Based Palliative Care for Adults with Advanced Disease: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jun;19(6):601-9. Epub 2016 Apr 26.

Singer AE, Goebel JR, Kim YS, Dy SM, Ahluwalia SC, Clifford M, Dzeng E, O'Hanlon CE, Motala A, Walling AM, Goldberg J, Meeker D, Ochotorena C, Shanman R, Cui M, Lorenz KA. Populations and Interventions for Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Sep;19(9):995-1008. Epub 2016 Aug 17.

Yang GM, Neo SH, Lim SZ, Krishna LK. Effectiveness of Hospital Palliative Care Teams for Cancer Inpatients: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Nov;19(11):1156-1165. Epub 2016 Jun 30.


Catania G, Beccaro M, Costantini M, Ugolini D, De Silvestri A, Bagnasco A, Sasso L. Effectiveness of complex interventions focused on quality-of-life assessment to improve palliative care patients' outcomes: a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2015 Jan;29(1):5-21.Epub 2014 Jun 17.


Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ; MORECare.'Best practice' in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: a meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat Med. 2013 Dec;27(10):885-98. Epub 2013 Jan 15.

Griffin JM, Meis LA, MacDonald R, Greer N, Jensen A, Rutks I, Wilt TJ. Effectiveness of family and caregiver interventions on patient outcomes in adults with cancer: a systematic review. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Sep;29(9):1274-82.Epub 2014 May 20.


Evans CJ, Harding R, Higginson IJ; MORECare.'Best practice' in developing and evaluating palliative and end-of-life care services: a meta-synthesis of research methods for the MORECare project. Palliat Med. 2013 Dec;27(10):885-98. Epub 2013 Jan 15.


Granda-Cameron C, Houldin A. Concept Analysis of Good Death in Terminally Ill Patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]


Candy B, Holman A, Leurent B, Davis S, Jones L. Hospice care delivered at home, in nursing homes and in dedicated hospice facilities: A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative evidence. Int J Nurs Stud. 2011 Jan;48(1):121-33. Epub 2010 Sep 16.

Redelmeier DA, Dickinson VM. Determining whether a patient is feeling better: pitfalls from the science of human perception. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Aug;26(8):900-6.Epub 2011 Feb 19.


Cherny NI, Abernethy AP, Strasser F, Sapir R, Currow D, Zafar SY. Improving the methodologic and ethical validity of best supportive care studies in oncology: lessons from a systematic review. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Nov 10;27(32):5476-86. Epub 2009 Jun 29.


Birch D, Draper J. A critical literature review exploring the challenges of delivering effective palliative care to older people with dementia. J Clin Nurs. 2008 May;17(9):1144-63.

Dy SM, Shugarman LR, Lorenz KA, Mularski RA, Lynn J; RAND-Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center. A systematic review of satisfaction with care at the end of life. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2008 Jan;56(1):124-9. Epub 2007 Nov 20.

Mayland CR, Williams E, Ellershaw JE. How well do current instruments using bereaved relatives’ views evaluate care for dying patients? Palliat Med. 2008 Mar;22(2):133-44.

Zimmermann C, Riechelmann R, Krzyzanowska M, Rodin G, Tannock I. Effectiveness of specialized palliative care: a systematic review. JAMA. 2008 Apr 9;299(14):1698-709.


Mason A, Weatherly H, Spilsbury K, Arksey H, Golder S, Adamson J, Drummond M, Glendinning C. A systematic review of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different models community based respite care for frail older people and their carers. Health Technol Assess. 2007 Apr;11(15):1-157, iii.

Mason A, Weatherly H, Spilsbury K, Golder S, Arksey H, Adamson J, Drummond M. The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of respite for caregivers of frail older people. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Feb;55(2):290-9.

Schneider N, Walter U. Where do prevention and palliative care meet? a systematic literature study on the interfaces of two different health care sectors. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2007 Apr-May;24(2):114-8.

Zernikow B, Michel E, Anderson B. Transdermal fentanyl in childhood and adolescence: a comprehensive literature review. J Pain. 2007 Mar;8(3):187-207.


Casaretto L, Sousa PL, Mari JJ. Chemotherapy versus support cancer treatment in advanced gastric cancer: a meta-analysis. Braz J Med Biol Res. 2006 Apr;39(4):431-40. Epub 2006 Apr 3.


Harding R, Karus D, Easterbrook P, Raveis VH, Higginson IJ, Marconi K. Does palliative care improve outcomes for patients with HIV/AIDS? a systematic review of the evidence. Sex Transm Infect. 2005 Feb;81(1):5-14.


Lorenz K, Lynn J, Morton S, Dy S, Mularski R, Shugarman L, Sun V, Wilkinson AM, Maglione M, Shekelle PG. End-of-life care and outcomes. Evid Rep Technol Assess. 2004 Dec(110):1-6.


Higginson IJ, Finlay IG, Goodwin DM, Hood K, Edwards AGK, Cook A, Douglas HR, Normand CE. Is there evidence that palliative care teams alter end-of-life experiences of patients and their caregivers? J Pain Symptom Manage. 2003 Feb;25(2):150-68.

Lindholm C, Cavallin-Stahl E, Ceberg J, Frodin JE, Littbrand B, Moller TR; SBU Survey Group. Radiotherapy practices in Sweden compared to the scientific evidence. Acta Oncol. 2003;42(5-6):416.


Higginson IJ, Finlay I, Goodwin DM, Cook AM, Hood K, Edwards AG, Douglas HR, Norman CE. Do hospital-based palliative teams improve care for patients or families at the end of life? J Pain Symptom Manage. 2002 Feb;23(2):96-106.


Francke AL. Evaluative research on palliative support teams: a literature review. Patient Educ Couns. 2000 Aug;41(1):83-91.


Critchley P, Jadad AR, Taniguchi A, Woods A, Stevens R, Reyno L, Whelan TJ. Are some palliative care delivery systems more effective and efficient than others? a systematic review of comparative studies. J Palliat Care. 1999 Winter;15(4):40-7.


Hanson L, Tulsky J, Danis M. Can clinical interventions change care at the end of life? Ann Intern Med. 1997 Mar 1;126(5):381-8.

Rinck GC, van den Bos GA, Kleijnen J, de Haes HJ, Schade H, Veenhof CH. Methodologic issues in effectiveness research on palliative cancer care: a systematic review. J Clin Oncol. 1997 Apr;15(4):1697-707.

Last updated 08 December 2023