Review collection - General practitioners

54 reviews


Atreya S, Salins N. End-of-life care education as blended learning approach for general practitioners: A scoping review. J Cancer Educ. 2023 Oct;38(5):1440-1458.

Balasundram S, Holm A, Benthien KS, Waldorff FB, Reventlow S, Overbeck G. Increasing the chance of dying at home: roles, tasks and approaches of general practitioners enabling palliative care: a systematic review of qualitative literature. BMC Prim Care. 2023 Mar 23;24(1):77. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02038-0.

Couchman E, Ejegi-Memeh S, Mitchell S, Gardiner C. Rethinking continuity in primary care for people with mesothelioma. Br J Gen Pract. 2023;73(suppl 1):bjgp23X733485. doi: 10.3399/bjgp23X733485

Jones R, Dale J, MacArtney J. Challenges experienced by general practitioners when providing palliative care in the UK: a systematic qualitative literature review. BJGP Open. 2023 Feb 27:BJGPO.2022.0159. doi: 10.3399/BJGPO.2022.0159. Epub ahead of print.

Lelorain S, Gehenne L, Christophe V, Duprez C. The association of physician empathy with cancer patient outcomes: A meta-analysis. Psychooncology. 2023 Jan 24. doi: 10.1002/pon.6108. Epub ahead of print.


Atreya S, Datta SS, Salins N. Views of general practitioners on end-of-life care learning preferences: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2022 Sep 21;21(1):162. doi: 10.1186/s12904-022-01053-9.

Couchman E, Ejegi-Memeh S, Mitchell S, Gardiner C. Facilitators of and barriers to continuity with GPs in primary palliative cancer care: A mixed-methods systematic review. Prog Palliat Care. 2022 Jun 7. doi: 10.1080/09699260.2022.2074126.

López-García M, Rubio L, Martin-de-Las-Heras S, Suárez J, Pérez-Cárceles MD, Martin-Martin J. Instruments to measure skills and knowledge of physicians and medical students in palliative care: A systematic review of psychometric properties. Med Teach. 2022 Apr 29:1-13. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2022.2067033. Epub ahead of print.

van Gaans D, Erny-Albrecht K, Tieman J. Palliative Care Within the Primary Health Care Setting in Australia: A Scoping Review. Public Health Rev. 2022 Sep 6;43:1604856. doi: 10.3389/phrs.2022.1604856.


Damarell RA, Morgan DD, Tieman JJ, Healey DF. Multimorbidity through the lens of life-limiting illness: how helpful are Australian clinical practice guidelines to its management in primary care? Aust J Prim Health. 2021 Jan 19. doi: 10.1071/PY20164. Epub ahead of print.

Huang H, Toh RQE, Chiang CLL, Thenpandiyan AA, Vig PS, Lee RWL, Chiam M, Lee ASI, Baral VR, Krishna LKR. Title: Impact of Dying Neonates on Doctors' and Nurses' Personhood: A Systematic Scoping Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Jul 13:S0885-3924(21)00425-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.07.002. Epub ahead of print.

Ngiam LXL, Ong YT, Ng JX, Kuek JTY, Chia JL, Chan NPX, Ho CY, Abdurrahman ABHM, Kamal NHA, Cheong CWS, Ng CH, Tan XH, Tan LHE, Chin AMC, Mason S, Jumat MR, Chiam M, Krishna LKR. Impact of Caring for Terminally Ill Children on Physicians: A Systematic Scoping Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Apr;38(4):396-418. doi: 10.1177/1049909120950301. Epub 2020 Aug 20.

Tark A, Song J, Parajuli J, Chae S, Stone PW. Are We Getting What We Really Want? A Systematic Review of Concordance Between Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Documentation and Subsequent Care Delivered at End-of-Life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Sep;38(9):1142-1158. doi: 10.1177/1049909120976319. Epub 2020 Nov 28.


Damarell RA, Morgan DD, Tieman JJ, Healey D. Bolstering General Practitioner Palliative Care: A Critical Review of Support Provided by Australian Guidelines for Life-Limiting Chronic Conditions. Healthcare (Basel). 2020 Dec 11;8(4):553. doi: 10.3390/healthcare8040553.

de Nooijer K, Penders YW, Pivodic L, Van Den Noortgate NJ, Pype P, Van den Block L. Specialist palliative care services for older people in primary care: A systematic review using narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2020 Jan;34(1):32-48. doi: 10.1177/0269216319874978. Epub 2019 Sep 28.​

Kim P, Daly JM, Berry-Stoelzle MA, Schmidt ME, Michaels LC, Dorr DA, Levy BT. Prognostic Indices for Advance Care Planning in Primary Care: A Scoping Review. J Am Board Fam Med. 2020 Mar-Apr;33(2):322-338. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2020.02.190173.

Mitchell G, Aubin M, Senior H, Johnson C, Fallon-Ferguson J, Williams B, Monterosso L, Rhee JJ, McVey P, Grant M, Nwachukwu H, Yates P. General practice nurses and physicians and end of life: a systematic review of models of care. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Jul 27:bmjspcare-2019-002114. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002114. Epub ahead of print.

Mitchell S, Maynard V, Lyons V, Jones N, Gardiner C. The role and response of primary healthcare services in the delivery of palliative care in epidemics and pandemics: A rapid review to inform practice and service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Palliat Med. 2020 Jul 31:269216320947623. doi: 10.1177/0269216320947623. Epub ahead of print.

Rhee JJ, Grant M, Senior H, Monterosso L, McVey P, Johnson C, Aubin M, Nwachukwu H, Bailey C, Fallon-Ferguson J, Yates P, Williams B, Mitchell G. Facilitators and barriers to general practitioner and general practice nurse participation in end-of-life care: systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2020 Jun 19:bmjspcare-2019-002109. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-002109. Epub ahead of print.


Anderson RJ, Bloch S, Armstrong M, Stone PC, Low JT. Communication between healthcare professionals and relatives of patients approaching the end-of-life: A systematic review of qualitative evidence. Palliat Med. 2019 Sep;33(8):926-941. doi: 10.1177/0269216319852007. Epub 2019 Jun 11.

Carey M, Zucca A, Freund M, Bryant J, Herrmann A, Roberts B. Systematic review of barriers and enablers to the delivery of palliative care by primary care practitioners. Palliat Med. 2019;33(9):1131-1145. doi: 10.1177/0269216319865414.

Chen C, Chow AYM, Tang S. Professional caregivers' bereavement after patients' deaths: A scoping review of quantitative studies. Death Stud. 2019;43(8):500-508. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1488775. Epub 2018 Sep 28.

Gleeson A, Noble S, Mann M. Advance care planning for home health staff: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Feb 26. pii: bmjspcare-2018-001680. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001680. [Epub ahead of print]

Senior H, Grant M, Rhee JJ, Aubin M, McVey P, Johnson C, Monterosso L, Nwachukwu H, Fallon-Ferguson J, Yates P, Williams B, Mitchell G. General practice physicians' and nurses' self-reported multidisciplinary end-of-life care: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2019 Aug 29. pii: bmjspcare-2019-001852. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001852. [Epub ahead of print]

Sikstrom L, Saikaly R, Ferguson G, Mosher PJ, Bonato S, Soklaridis S. Being there: A scoping review of grief support training in medical education. PLoS One. 2019 Nov 27;14(11):e0224325. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224325. eCollection 2019.

Teixeira MJC, Alvarelhão J, Neri de Souza D, Teixeira HJC, Abreu W, Costa N, Machado FAB. Healthcare professionals and volunteers education in palliative care to promote the best practice-an integrative review. Scand J Caring Sci. 2019 Jan 10. doi: 10.1111/scs.12651. [Epub ahead of print]

Turrillas P, Teixeira MJ, Maddocks M. A Systematic Review of Training in Symptom Management in Palliative Care Within Postgraduate Medical Curriculums. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Jan;57(1):156-170.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.09.020. Epub 2018 Oct 2.


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.

Carmont SA, Mitchell G, Senior H, Foster M. Systematic review of the effectiveness, barriers and facilitators to general practitioner engagement with specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Dec;8(4):385-399. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001125. Epub 2017 Feb 14.

Ding J, Johnson CE, Cook A. How We Should Assess the Delivery of End-Of-Life Care in General Practice? A Systematic Review. J Palliat Med. 2018 Aug 21. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0194. [Epub ahead of print]

Draper EJ, Hillen MA, Moors M, Ket JCF, van Laarhoven HWM, Henselmans I. Relationship between physicians' death anxiety and medical communication and decision-making: A systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 Sep 25. pii: S0738-3991(18)30777-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.09.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Green E, Knight S, Gott M, Barclay S, White P. Patients' and carers' perspectives of palliative care in general practice: A systematic review with narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2018 Jan 1:269216317748862. doi: 10.1177/0269216317748862. [Epub ahead of print]

Jennings AA, Foley T, Walsh KA, Coffey A, Browne JP, Bradley CP. General practitioners' knowledge, attitudes and experiences of managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: protocol of a mixed methods systematic review and meta-ethnography. Syst Rev. 2018 Apr 23;7(1):62. doi: 10.1186/s13643-018-0732-7.

Liu JT, Kovar-Gough I, Farabi N, Animikwam F, Weers SB, Phillips J. The Role of Primary Care Physicians in Providing End-of-Life Care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Oct 24:1049909118808232. doi: 10.1177/1049909118808232. [Epub ahead of print]

Low LF, McGrath M, Swaffer K, Brodaty H. Communicating a diagnosis of dementia: A systematic mixed studies review of attitudes and practices of health practitioners. Dementia (London). 2018 Jan 1:1471301218761911. doi: 10.1177/1471301218761911. [Epub ahead of print]

Mansfield E, Noble N, Sanson-Fisher R, Mazza D, Bryant J. Primary Care Physicians' Perceived Barriers to Optimal Dementia Care: A Systematic Review. Gerontologist. 2018 Jun 25. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny067. [Epub ahead of print]

Mitchell GK, Senior HE, Johnson CE, Fallon-Ferguson J, Williams B, Monterosso L, Rhee JJ, McVey P, Grant MP, Aubin M, Nwachukwu HT, Yates PM. Systematic review of general practice end-of-life symptom control. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Jan 20. pii: bmjspcare-2017-001374. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2017-001374. [Epub ahead of print]

Randall D, Garbutt D, Barnard M. Using simulation as a learning experience in clinical teams to learn about palliative and end-of-life care: A literature review. Death Stud. 2018 Mar;42(3):172-183. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1334006. Epub 2017 Jun 28.

Sehl J, O'Doherty J, O'Connor R, O'Sullivan B, O'Regan A. Adherence to COPD management guidelines in general practice? A review of the literature. Ir J Med Sci. 2018 May;187(2):403-407. doi: 10.1007/s11845-017-1651-7. Epub 2017 Jul 22.

Singh GK, Davidson PM, Macdonald PS, Newton PJ. The Perspectives of Health Care Professionals on Providing End of Life Care and Palliative Care for Patients With Chronic Heart Failure: An Integrative Review. Heart Lung Circ. 2018 Oct 17. pii: S1443-9506(18)31950-4. doi: 10.1016/j.hlc.2018.10.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Smith MB, Macieira TGR, Bumbach MD, Garbutt SJ, Citty SW, Stephen A, Ansell M, Glover TL, Keenan G. The Use of Simulation to Teach Nursing Students and Clinicians Palliative Care and End-of-Life Communication: A Systematic Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan 1:1049909118761386. doi: 10.1177/1049909118761386. [Epub ahead of print]

Tilburgs B, Vernooij-Dassen M, Koopmans R, van Gennip H, Engels Y, Perry M. Barriers and facilitators for GPs in dementia advance care planning: A systematic integrative review. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 20;13(6):e0198535. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198535. eCollection 2018.


Kim SL, Tarn DM. Effect of Primary Care Involvement on End-of-Life Care Outcomes: A Systematic Review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct;64(10):1968-1974. Epub 2016 Aug 22.

Meiklejohn JA, Mimery A, Martin JH, Bailie R, Garvey G, Walpole ET, Adams J, Williamson D, Valery PC. The role of the GP in follow-up cancer care: a systematic literature review. J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Dec;10(6):990-1011. Epub 2016 May 2.


Oishi A, Murtagh FE. The challenges of uncertainty and interprofessional collaboration in palliative care for non-cancer patients in the community: a systematic review of views from patients, carers and health-care professionals. Palliat Med. 2014 Oct;28(9):1081-98.


De Vleminck A, Houttekier D, Pardon K, Deschepper R, Van Audenhove C, Vander Stichele R, Deliens L. Barriers and facilitators for general practitioners to engage in advance care planning: a systematic review. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2013 Dec;31(4):215-26.

Maas EA, Murray SA, Engels Y, Campbell C. What tools are available to identify patients with palliative care needs in primary care: a systematic literature review and survey of European practice. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2013 Dec;3(4):444-51.


Nagraj S, Barclay S. Bereavement care in primary care: a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Jan;61(582):e42-8.

Slort W, Schweitzer BP, Blankenstein AH, Abarshi EA, Riphagen II, Echteld MA, Aaronson NK, van der Horst H, Deliens L. Perceived barriers and facilitators for general practitioner-patient communication in palliative care: a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2011 Sep;25(6):613-29. Epub 2011 Jan 27.

Vermandere M, De Lepeleire J, Smeets L, Hannes K, Van Mechelen W, Warmenhoven F, van Rijswijk E, Aertgeerts B. Spirituality in general practice: a qualitative evidence synthesis. Br J Gen Pract. 2011 Nov;61(592):e749-60.


Shaw KL, Clifford C, Thomas K, Meehan H. Improving end-of-life care: a critical review of the gold standards framework in primary care. Palliat Med. 2010 Apr;24(3):317-29. Epub 2010 Feb 15.


Alvarez MP, Agra Y. Systematic review of educational interventions in palliative care for primary care physicians. Palliat Med. 2006 Oct;20(7):673-83.


Samant R, Gooi AC. Radiotherapy basics for family physicians. Potent tool for symptom relief.
Can Fam Physician. 2005 Nov;51:1496-501.


Mitchell GK. How well do general practitioners deliver palliative care? a systematic review. Palliat Med. 2002 Nov;16(6):457-64.

Last updated 03 October 2023