Review collection - Referral 

41 reviews


Bernier Carney KM, Goodrich G, Lao A, Tan Z, Kiza AH, Cong X, Hinderer KA. Palliative care referral criteria and application in pediatric illness care: A scoping review. Palliat Med. 2023 Mar 27:2692163231163258. doi: 10.1177/02692163231163258. Epub ahead of print.

Collins A, Hui D, Davison SN, Ducharlet K, Murtagh F, Chang YK, Philip J. Referral Criteria to Specialist Palliative Care for People with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Jul 26:S0885-3924(23)00613-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.07.013. Epub ahead of print.

Crooks J, Flemming K, Shulman C, Hudson B. Opportunities and challenges in involving people with lived experience of inclusion health as co-researchers in palliative and end of life research: a rapid review and thematic synthesis. Res Involv Engagem. 2023 Apr 20;9(1):25. doi: 10.1186/s40900-023-00436-3.

Kawashima A, Evans CJ. Needs-based triggers for timely referral to palliative care for older adults severely affected by noncancer conditions: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Palliat Care. 2023 Mar 9;22(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12904-023-01131-6.

Pitzer S, Kutschar P, Paal P, Mülleder P, Lorenzl S, Wosko P, et al. Barriers for adult patients to access palliative care in hospitals: A mixed methods systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Sep 17. 

Snijders RAH, Brom L, Simons SO, Langenberg S, van der Linden YM, Raijmakers NJH. Referrals to palliative care services for hospitalised covid-19 patients: A systematic literature review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Nov 17:10499091231215797.


Byrne A, Torrens-Burton A, Sivell S, Moraes FY, Bulbeck H, Bernstein M, Nelson A, Fielding H. Early palliative interventions for improving outcomes in people with a primary malignant brain tumour and their carers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2022 Jan 6;1(1):CD013440. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013440.pub2.

Chen Y, Hou L, Li W, Wang Q, Zhou W, Yang H. Referral criteria to palliative care for patients with Parkinson's disease: a systematic review. Curr Med Res Opin. 2022 Nov 11:1-36. doi: 10.1080/03007995.2022.2146405. Epub ahead of print.

McConvey K, Kazazian K, Iansavichene AE, Jenkins ME, Gofton TE. Triggers for Referral to Specialized Palliative Care in Advanced Neurologic and Neurosurgical Conditions: A Systematic Review. Neurol Clin Pract. 2022 Jun;12(3):190-202. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000001159.

Patra L, Ghoshal A, Damani A, Salins N. Cancer palliative care referral: patients' and family caregivers' perspectives - a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Nov 3:spcare-2022-003990. doi: 10.1136/spcare-2022-003990. Epub ahead of print.


Akbar U, McQueen RB, Bemski J, Carter J, Goy ER, Kutner J, Johnson MJ, Miyasaki JM, Kluger B. Prognostic predictors relevant to end-of-life palliative care in Parkinson's disease and related disorders: a systematic review. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2021 Mar 31:jnnp-2020-323939. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2020-323939. Epub ahead of print.

Fadol AP, Patel A, Shelton V, Krause KJ, Bruera E, Palaskas NL. Palliative care referral criteria and outcomes in cancer and heart failure: a systematic review of literature. Cardiooncology. 2021 Sep 23;7(1):32. doi: 10.1186/s40959-021-00117-8.

Mo L, Geng Y, Chang YK, Philip J, Collins A, Hui D. Referral criteria to specialist palliative care for patients with dementia: A systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021 Mar 2. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17070. Epub ahead of print.

Palmer E, Kavanagh E, Visram S, Bourke AM, Forrest I, Exley C. Which factors influence the quality of end-of-life care in interstitial lung disease? A systematic review with narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2021 Dec 17:2692163211059340. doi: 10.1177/02692163211059340. Epub ahead of print.

Philip J, Collins A, Smallwood N, Chang YK, Mo L, Yang IA, Corte T, McDonald CF, Hui D. Referral criteria to palliative care for patients with respiratory disease: a systematic review. Eur Respir J. 2021 Mar 18:2004307. doi: 10.1183/13993003.04307-2020. Epub ahead of print.


Chang YK, Kaplan H, Geng Y, Mo L, Philip J, Collins A, Allen LA, McClung JA, Denvir MA, Hui D. Referral Criteria to Palliative Care for Patients With Heart Failure: A Systematic Review. Circ Heart Fail. 2020 Sep;13(9):e006881. doi: 10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE.120.006881. Epub 2020 Sep 9.

Crimmins RM, Elliott L, Absher DT. Palliative Care in a Death-Denying Culture: Exploring Barriers to Timely Palliative Efforts for Heart Failure Patients in the Primary Care Setting. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2020 Apr 22:1049909120920545. doi: 10.1177/1049909120920545. Epub ahead of print.

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.

Heidari H, Mardani-Hamooleh M, Amiri M. Perceived factors to providing palliative care for patients with cancer - a qualitative systematic review. Oncol Rev. 2020 May 19;14(1):463. doi: 10.4081/oncol.2020.463.

Kistler EA, Stevens E, Scott E, Philpotts LL, Greer JA, Greenwald JL. Triggered Palliative Care Consults: A Systematic Review of Interventions for Hospitalized and Emergency Department Patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Feb 12:S0885-3924(20)30074-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.02.001. Epub ahead of print.

Salins N, Ghoshal A, Hughes S, Preston N. How views of oncologists and haematologists impacts palliative care referral: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2020 Nov 23;19(1):175. doi: 10.1186/s12904-020-00671-5.

Wilson JG, English DP, Owyang CG, Chimelski EA, Grudzen CR, Wong HN, Aslakson RA. End-of-Life Care, Palliative Care Consultation, and Palliative Care Referral in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Feb;59(2):372-383.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.09.020. Epub 2019 Oct 3.


Ludmir J, Steiner JM, Wong HN, Kloosterboer A, Leong J, Aslakson RA. Palliative Care Opportunities Among Adults With Congenital Heart Disease-A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Nov;58(5):891-898. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.07.025. Epub 2019 Aug 9.


Milner SC, Boruff JT, Beaurepaire C, Ahmed S, Janaudis-Ferreira T. Rate of, and barriers and enablers to, pulmonary rehabilitation referral in COPD: A systematic scoping review. Respir Med. 2018 Apr;137:103-14.


Cardona-Morrell M, Kim JCH, Brabrand M, Gallego-Luxan B, Hillman K. What is inappropriate hospital use for elderly people near the end of life? A systematic review. Eur J Intern Med. 2017 Jul;42:39-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ejim.2017.04.014. Epub 2017 May 11.

Gaertner J, Siemens W, Meerpohl JJ, Antes G, Meffert C, Xander C, Stock S, Mueller D, Schwarzer G, Becker G. Effect of specialist palliative care services on quality of life in adults with advanced incurable illness in hospital, hospice, or community settings: Systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2017 Jul 4;357:j2925. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j2925.

Haun MW, Estel S, Rücker G, Friederich HC, Villalobos M, Thomas M, Hartmann M. Early palliative care for adults with advanced cancer. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jun 12;6:CD011129. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD011129.pub2.

Thomas T, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Inpatient transfer to a care home for end-of-life care: What are the views and experiences of patients and their relatives? A systematic review and narrative synthesis of the UK literature. Palliat Med. 2017 Feb;31(2):102-108. Epub 2016 Jul 28.


Hui D, Meng YC, Bruera S, Geng Y, Hutchins R, Mori M, Strasser F, Bruera E. Referral Criteria for Outpatient Palliative Cancer Care: A Systematic Review. Oncologist. 2016 Jul;21(7):895-901. Epub 2016 May 16.

Tassinari D, Drudi F, Monterubbianesi MC, Stocchi L, Ferioli I, Marzaloni A, Tamburini E, Sartori S. Early Palliative Care in Advanced Oncologic and Non-Oncologic Chronic Diseases: A Systematic Review of Literature. Rev Recent Clin Trials. 2016;11(1):63-71.


Bhidayasiri R, Jitkritsadakul O, Boonrod N, Sringean J, Calne SM, Hattori N, Hayashi A. What is the evidence to support home environmental adaptation in Parkinson's disease? A call for multidisciplinary interventions. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2015 Oct;21(10):1127-32. Epub 2015 Aug 25.

Davis MP, Temel JS, Balboni T, Glare P. A review of the trials which examine early integration of outpatient and home palliative care for patients with serious illnesses. Ann Palliat Med. 2015 Jul;4(3):99-121.


Kirolos I, Tamariz L, Schultz EA, Diaz Y, Wood BA, Palacio A. Interventions to improve hospice and palliative care referral: a systematic review. J Palliat Med. 2014 Aug;17(8):957-64. Epub 2014 Jul 7.


Gardiner C, Ingleton C, Gott M, Ryan T. Exploring the transition from curative care to palliative care: a systematic review of the literature. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2011 Jun;1(1):56-63.

Howell DA, Shellens R, Roman E, Garry AC, Patmore R, Howard MR. Haematological malignancy: are patients appropriately referred for specialist palliative and hospice care? A systematic review and meta-analysis of published data. Palliat Med. 2011 Sep;25(6):630-41. Epub 2011 Jan 12.


Walshe C, Todd C, Caress A, Chew-Graham C. Patterns of access to community palliative care services: a literature review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 May;37(5):884-912. Epub 2008 Dec 21.


Imhof SL, Kaskie B, Wyatt MG. Finding the way to a better death: an evaluation of palliative care referral tools. J Gerontol Nurs. 2007 Jun;33(6):40-9.


Burt J, Raine R. The effect of age on referral to and use of specialist palliative care services in adult cancer patients: a systematic review. Age Ageing. 2006 Sep;35(5):469-76. Epub 2006 Jun 3.


Coventry PA, Grande GE, Richards DA, Todd CJ. Prediction of appropriate timing of palliative care for older adults with non-malignant life-threatening disease: a systematic review. Age Ageing. 2005 May;34(3):218-27.


Ahmed N, Bestall JC, Ahmedzai SH, Payne SA, Clark D, Noble B. Systematic review of the problems and issues of accessing specialist palliative care by patients, carers and health and social care professionals. Palliat Med. 2004 Sep;18(6):525-42.

Last updated 08 December 2023