Review Collection: Existential distress

23 reviews


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.

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. Presurgical assessment of cognitive function in pediatric brain tumor patients: feasibility and initial findings. 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 02 September 2020