Review collection - Existential distress 

30 reviews


Walbaum C, Philipp R, Oechsle K, Ullrich A, Vehling S. Existential distress among family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychooncology. 2024;33(1):e6239.


Kyota A, Kanda K, Senuma M, Tsukagoshi N, Futawatari T, Kondo Y. The perception of life and death in patients with end-of-life stage cancer: A systematic review of qualitative research. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2023 Jun 15;66:102354. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2023.102354. Epub ahead of print.

McAndrew NS, Gray TF, Wallace L, Calkins K, Guttormson J, Harding ES, Applebaum AJ. Existential distress in family caregivers: scoping review of meaning-making interventions. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Aug 21:spcare-2023-004448. doi: 10.1136/spcare-2023-004448. Epub ahead of print.

Svet M, Portalupi LB, Pyszczynski T, Matlock DD, Allen LA. Applying terror management theory to patients with life-threatening illness: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2023 Jun 17;22(1):74. doi: 10.1186/s12904-023-01193-6.

Walbaum C, Philipp R, Oechsle K, Ullrich A, Vehling S. Existential distress among family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychooncology. 2023 Nov 20.


Bolton LE, Seymour J, Gardiner C. Existential suffering in the day to day lives of those living with palliative care needs arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A systematic integrative literature review. Palliat Med. 2022 Feb 17:2692163221074539. doi: 10.1177/02692163221074539. Epub ahead of print.


Corradi-Perini C, Beltrão JR, Ribeiro URVCO. Circumstances Related to Moral Distress in Palliative Care: An Integrative Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Nov;38(11):1391-1397. doi: 10.1177/1049909120978826. Epub 2020 Dec 7.


Gutiérrez-Sánchez D, Gómez-García R, Cuesta-Vargas AI, Pérez-Cruzado D. The suffering measurement instruments in palliative care: A systematic review of psychometric properties. Int J Nurs Stud. 2020 Jul 10;110:103704. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103704. Epub ahead of print.


Rodrigues P, Menten J, Gastmans C. Physicians' perceptions of palliative sedation for existential suffering: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Sep 3. pii: bmjspcare-2019-001865. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001865. [Epub ahead of print]


Bauereiß N, Obermaier S, Özünal SE, Baumeister H. Effects of existential interventions on spiritual, psychological and physical well-being in adult patients with cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Psychooncology. 2018 Jun 29. doi: 10.1002/pon.4829. [Epub ahead of print]

Grossman CH, Brooker J, Michael N, Kissane D. Death anxiety interventions in patients with advanced cancer: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2018 Jan;32(1):172-184. doi: 10.1177/0269216317722123. Epub 2017 Aug 8.

Rodrigues P, Crokaert J, Gastmans C. Palliative Sedation for Existential Suffering: A Systematic Review of Argument-Based Ethics Literature. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Jun;55(6):1577-1590. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.01.013. Epub 2018 Jan 31.


Lam M, Lam HR, Agarwal A, Chow R, Chow S, Chow E, De Longhi C, Henry B. Clinicians' views on palliative sedation for existential suffering: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. J Pain Manage. 2017;10(1):31-40. [No Abstract Available].

Thorn H, Uhrenfeldt L. Experiences of non-specialist nurses caring for patients and their significant others undergoing transitions during palliative end-of-life cancer care: A systematic review. JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep. 2017 Jun;15(6):1711-1746. doi: 10.11124/JBISRIR-2016-003026.


Applebaum AJ, Kryza-Lacombe M, Buthorn J, DeRosa A, Corner G, Diamond EL. Existential distress among caregivers of patients with brain tumors: a review of the literature Neurooncol Pract. 2016 Dec;3(4):232-244.


Best M, Aldridge L, Butow P, Olver I, Price MA, Webster F. Treatment of holistic suffering in cancer: A systematic literature review. Palliat Med. 2015 Dec;29(10):885-98. Epub 2015 Apr 20.

Best M, Aldridge L, Butow P, Olver I, Webster F. Conceptual analysis of suffering in cancer: a systematic review. Psychooncology. 2015 Sep;24(9):977-86.Epub 2015 Mar 9.

Robinson S, Kissane DW, Brooker J, Burney S. A Systematic Review of the Demoralization Syndrome in Individuals With Progressive Disease and Cancer: A Decade of Research. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Mar;49(3):595-610. Epub 2014 Aug 15.


Ma X, Zhang J, Zhong W, Shu C, Wang F, Wen J, Zhou M, Sang Y, Jiang Y, Liu L. The diagnostic role of a short screening tool--the distress thermometer: a meta-analysis. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Jul;22(7):1741-55. Epub 2014 Feb 8.


Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Corey MT. Suffering assessment: a review of available instruments for use in palliative care. J Palliat Med. 2013 Feb;16(2):130-42. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2012.0370. Epub 2013 Jan 25.


Kayser K, Acquati C, Tran TV. No patients left behind: a systematic review of the cultural equivalence of distress screening instruments. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2012 Nov;30(6):679-93.

Linden W, Girgis A. Psychological treatment outcomes for cancer patients: what do meta-analyses tell us about distress reduction? Psychooncology. 2012 Apr;21(4):343-50.

Ryan D, Gallagher P, Wright S, Cassidy E. Methodological challenges in researching psychological distress and psychiatric morbidity among patients with advanced cancer: what does the literature (not) tell us? Palliat Med. 2012 Mar;26(2):162-77.


Boston P, Bruce A, Schreiber R. Existential suffering in the palliative care setting: an integrated literature review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Mar;41(3):604-18. Epub 2010 Dec 8.

Krikorian A, Limonero JT, Maté J. Suffering and distress at the end-of-life. Psychooncology. 2011 Oct 11. doi: 10.1002/pon.2087. [Epub ahead of print]


Dees M, Vernooij-Dassen M, Dekkers W, van Weel C. Unbearable suffering of patients with a request for euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide: an integrative review. Psychooncology. 2010 Apr;19(4):339-52.

Ettema EJ, Derksen LD, van Leeuwen E. Existential loneliness and end-of-life care: a systematic review. Theor Med Bioeth. 2010 Apr;31(2):141-69.

Leung D, Esplen MJ. Alleviating existential distress of cancer patients: can relational ethics guide clinicians? Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2010 Jan 1;19(1):30-8. Epub 2009 Nov 11.


Henoch I, Danielson E. Existential concerns among patients with cancer and interventions to meet them: an integrative literature review. Psychooncology. 2009 Mar;18(3):225-36.


LeMay K, Wilson KG. Treatment of existential distress in life threatening illness: a review of manualized interventions. Clin Psychol Rev. 2008 Mar;28(3):472-93. Epub 2007 Aug 7.

Last updated 05 February 2024