Review Collection: Last days of life

69 reviews
See also:Deathbed visions

2019

Pettifer A, Froggatt K, Hughes S. The experiences of family members witnessing the diminishing drinking of a dying relative: An adapted meta-narrative literature review. Palliat Med. 2019 Jul 1:269216319859728. doi: 10.1177/0269216319859728. [Epub ahead of print]

Tapp D, Chenacher S, Gérard NPA, Bérubé-Mercier P, Gelinas C, Douville F, Desbiens JF. Observational Pain Assessment Instruments for Use With Nonverbal Patients at the End-of-life: A Systematic Review. J Palliat Care. 2019 Jan 13:825859718816073. doi: 10.1177/0825859718816073. [Epub ahead of print]

Zante B, Schefold JC. Teaching End-of-Life Communication in Intensive Care Medicine: Review of the Existing Literature and Implications for Future Curricula. J Intensive Care Med. 2019 Apr;34(4):301-310. doi: 10.1177/0885066617716057. Epub 2017 Jun 29.

2018

Bowers B, Ryan R, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Anticipatory prescribing of injectable medications for adults at the end of life in the community: A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis. Palliat Med. 2018 Dec 4:269216318815796. doi: 10.1177/0269216318815796. [Epub ahead of print]

Brooks LA, Bloomer MJ, Manias E. Culturally sensitive communication at the end-of-life in the intensive care unit: A systematic review. Aust Crit Care. 2018 Sep 17. pii: S1036-7314(18)30057-2. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2018.07.003. [Epub ahead of print]

Cohen-Mansfield J, Skornick-Bouchbinder M, Brill S. Trajectories of End of Life: A Systematic Review. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2018 Apr 16;73(4):564-572. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx093.

Cresp SJ, Lee SF, Moss C. Substitute decision makers' experiences of making decisions at end of life for older persons with dementia: A systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis. Dementia (London). 2018 Sep 25:1471301218802127. doi: 10.1177/1471301218802127. [Epub ahead of print]

Greenwood N, Menzies-Gow E, Nilsson D, Aubrey D, Emery CL, Richardson A. Experiences of older people dying in nursing homes: a narrative systematic review of qualitative studies. BMJ Open. 2018 Jun 4;8(6):e021285. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021285.

Gutiérrez Sánchez D, Pérez Cruzado D, Cuesta-Vargas AI. The quality of dying and death measurement instruments: A systematic psychometric review. J Adv Nurs. 2018 Apr 19. doi: 10.1111/jan.13687. [Epub ahead of print]

Herman M, Horner K, Ly J, Vayl Y. Deactivation of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators in Heart Failure: A Systematic Review. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2018 Feb;20(1):63-71.

Jansen K, Haugen DF, Pont L, Ruths S. Safety and Effectiveness of Palliative Drug Treatment in the Last Days of Life-A Systematic Literature Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Feb;55(2):508-521.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.06.010. Epub 2017 Aug 10.

Kim K, Heinze K, Xu J, Kurtz M, Park H, Foradori M, Nolan MT. Theories of Health Care Decision Making at the End of Life: A Meta-Ethnography. West J Nurs Res. 2018 Dec;40(12):1861-1884. doi: 10.1177/0193945917723010. Epub 2017 Aug 17.

Kupeli N, Candy B, Tamura-Rose G, Schofield G, Webber N, Hicks SE, Floyd T, Vivat B, Sampson EL, Stone P, Aspden T. Tools Measuring Quality of Death, Dying, and Care, Completed after Death: Systematic Review of Psychometric Properties. Patient. 2018 Aug 24. doi: 10.1007/s40271-018-0328-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Leblanc G, Boutin A, Shemilt M, Lauzier F, Moore L, Potvin V, Zarychanski R, Archambault P, Lamontagne F, Léger C, Turgeon AF. Incidence and impact of withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies in clinical trials of severe traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Clin Trials. 2018 Aug;15(4):398-412. doi: 10.1177/1740774518771233. Epub 2018 Jun 4.

Long R, Havics B, Zembillas M, Kelly J, Amundson M. Elucidating the End-of-Life Experience of Persons With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Holist Nurs Pract. 2019 Jan/Feb;33(1):3-8. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000301.

Madi F, Ismail H, Fouad FM, Kerbage H, Zaman S, Jayawickrama J, Sibai AM. Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Experiences Among Refugees: A Scoping Review. J Palliat Care. 2018 Nov 21:825859718812770. doi: 10.1177/0825859718812770. [Epub ahead of print]

Marsac ML, Kindler C, Weiss D, Ragsdale L. Let's Talk About It: Supporting Family Communication during End-of-Life Care of Pediatric Patients. J Palliat Med. 2018 Jun;21(6):862-878. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0307. Epub 2018 May 18.

Moon F, McDermott F, Kissane D. Systematic Review for the Quality of End-of-Life Care for Patients With Dementia in the Hospital Setting. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jun 5:1049909118776985. doi: 10.1177/1049909118776985. [Epub ahead of print]

Pignatiello G, Hickman RL Jr, Hetland B. End-of-Life Decision Support in the ICU: Where Are We Now? West J Nurs Res. 2018 Jan;40(1):84-120. doi: 10.1177/0193945916676542. Epub 2016 Nov 9.

Rodrigues P, Crokaert J, Gastmans C. Palliative Sedation for Existential Suffering: A Systematic Review of Argument-Based Ethics Literature. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Jan 31. pii: S0885-3924(18)30033-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.01.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Sagha Zadeh R, Eshelman P, Setla J, Kennedy L, Hon E, Basara A. Environmental Design for End-of-Life Care: An Integrative Review on Improving the Quality of Life and Managing Symptoms for Patients in Institutional Settings. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar;55(3):1018-1034. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2017.09.011. Epub 2017 Sep 19.

Sharpe KK, Noble C, Hiremagular B, Grealish L. Implementing an integrated pathway to care for the dying: is your organisation ready? Int J Palliat Nurs. 2018 Feb 2;24(2):70-78. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.2.70.

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]

Timmins F, Parissopoulos S, Plakas S, Naughton MT, de Vries JM, Fouka G. Privacy at end of life in ICU: A review of the literature. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Feb 5. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14279. [Epub ahead of print]

Wilson E, Caswell G, Turner N, Pollock K. Managing medicines for patients dying at home: A review of family caregivers' experiences. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Sep 11. pii: S0885-3924(18)30449-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.08.019. [Epub ahead of print]

2017

Forbat L, Kunicki N, Chapman M, Lovell C. How and why are subcutaneous fluids administered in an advanced illness population: a systematic review. J Clin Nurs. 2017 May;26(9-10):1204-1216. Epub 2017 Feb 14.

Lin Y, Myall M, Jarrett N. Uncovering the decision-making work of transferring dying patients home from critical care units: An integrative review. J Adv Nurs. 2017 Dec;73(12):2864-2876. doi: 10.1111/jan.13368. Epub 2017 Jul 17.

2016

Chan RJ, Webster J, Bowers A. End-of-life care pathways for improving outcomes in caring for the dying. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Feb 12;2:CD008006. [Update of 2013 article]

2015

Bruno VG. Hypodermoclysis: a literature review to assist in clinical practice. Einstein (Sao Paulo). 2015 Jan-Mar;13(1):122-8. Epub 2015 Mar 24.

Gent MJ, Fradsham S, Whyte GM, Mayland CR. What influences attitudes towards clinically assisted hydration in the care of dying patients? A review of the literature. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2015 Sep;5(3):223-31. Epub 2014 Mar 17.

van Beinum A, Hornby L, Ward R, Ramsay T, Dhanani S. Variations in the Operational Process of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy. Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):e450-7.

2014

Guo Q1, Jacelon CS. An integrative review of dignity in end-of-life care. Palliat Med. 2014 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Ivanović N, Büche D, Fringer A. Voluntary stopping of eating and drinking at the end of life - a 'systematic search and review' giving insight into an option of hastening death in capacitated adults at the end of life. BMC Palliat Care. 2014 Jan 8;13(1):1. doi: 10.1186/1472-684X-13-1.

Kennedy C, Brooks-Young P, Brunton Gray C, Larkin P, Connolly M, Wilde-Larsson B, Larsson M, Smith T, Chater S. Diagnosing dying: an integrative literature review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2014 Sep;4(3):263-70. Epub 2014 Apr 29.

Tan LH, Delaney A Medical emergency teams and end-of-life care: a systematic review. Crit Care Resusc. 2014 Mar;16(1):62-8.

2013

Kehl KA, Kowalkowski JA. A systematic review of the prevalence of signs of impending death and symptoms in the last 2 weeks of life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2013 Sep;30(6):601-16. Epub 2012 Dec 12.

2012

Candy B, Jones L, Varagunam M, Speck P, Tookman A, King M. Spiritual and religious interventions for well-being of adults in the terminal phase of disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 May 16;5:CD007544.

Watts T. Initiating end-of-life care pathways: a discussion paper. J Adv Nurs. 2012 Oct;68(10):2359-70. Epub 2011 Dec 29.

2011

Bloomer MJ,Moss C,Cross WM. End-of-Life care in acute hospitals: An integrative literature review. J Nurs Healthcare Chronic Illness. 2011 Feb;3(3):165-73.

Burkle CM, Schipper AM, Wijdicks EFM. Brain death and the courts. Neurology. 2011 Mar 1;76(9):837-41.

Candy B, Jones L, Drake R, Leurent B, King M. Interventions for supporting informal caregivers of patients in the terminal phase of a disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jun 15;6:CD007617.

Chan RJ, Webster J. A Cochrane review of the effects of end-of-life care pathways: Do they improve patient outcomes? Aust J Cancer Nurs. 2011 Nov;12(2):26-30.

Dalacorte RR, Rigo JC, Dalacorte A. Pain management in the elderly at the end of life. N Am J Med Sci. 2011 Aug;3(8):348-54.

Phillips JL, Halcomb EJ, Davidson PM. End-of-life care pathways in acute and hospice care: an integrative review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 May;41(5):940-55. Epub 2011 Mar 12.

2010

Parsons C, Hughes CM, Passmore AP, Lapane KL. Withholding, discontinuing and withdrawing medications in dementia patients at the end of life: a neglected problem in the disadvantaged dying? Drugs Aging. 2010 Jun 1;27(6):435-49.

Simoens S, Kutten B, Keirse E, Berghe PV, Beguin C, Desmedt M, Deveugele M, Léonard C, Paulus D, Menten J. The costs of treating terminal patients. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2010 Sep;40(3):436-48. Epub 2010 Jun 25.

2009

Harris DG, Noble SI. Management of terminal hemorrhage in patients with advanced cancer: a systematic literature review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2009 Dec;38(6):913-27. Epub.

Kintzel PE, Chase SL, Thomas W, Vancamp DM, Clements EA. Anticholinergic medications for managing noisy respirations in adult hospice patients. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009 Mar 1;66(5):458-64.

Odell M, Victor C, Oliver D. Nurses' role in detecting deterioration in ward patients: systematic literature review. J Adv Nurs. 2009 Oct;65(10):1992-2006.

Saposnik G, Basile VS, Young GB. Movements in brain death: a systematic review. Can J Neurol Sci. 2009 Mar;36(2):154-60.

2008

Anderson A, Kralik D. Palliative care at home: nurses, carers and subcutaneous medication management: 2006-2008. RDNS Research Unit. Adelaide. 2008 Apr. No abstract available.

Waldrop DP. Treatment at the end of life. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2008;50 Suppl 1:267-92.

Wee B, Hillier R. Interventions for noisy breathing in patients near to death. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2008 Jan 23;(1):CD005177.

2007

Bavin L. Artificial rehydration in the last days of life: is it beneficial? Int J Palliat Nurs. 2007 Sep;13(9):445-9.

Campbell ML. How to withdraw mechanical ventilation: a systematic review of the literature. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;18(4):397-403.

de Graeff A, Dean M. Palliative sedation therapy in the last weeks of life: a literature review and recommendations for standards. J Palliat Med. 2007 Feb;10(1):67-85.

Engstrom J, Bruno E, Holm B, Hellzen O. Palliative sedation at end of life - a systematic literature review. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2007 Feb;11(1):26-35. Epub 2006 Jul 14.

Kirchhoff KT, Faas AI. Family support at end of life. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2007 Oct-Dec;18(4):426-35.

2006

Kain VJ, Yates PM, Barrett L, Bradley T, Circosta M, Hall A, Hardy J, Israel F, McLeod L, Vora R, Wheatley H. Developing guidelines for syringe driver management. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Feb;12(2):60-9.

Kain VJ, Yates P, Queensland Health, Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education. Guidelines for syringe driver management in palliative care. Queensland Health, Brisbane. 2006:57pp. (204kb pdf)

McLeod F, Flowers C. A practical guide for nurses in diluent selection for subcutaneous infusion using a syringe driver. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2006 Dec;12(12):558, 560-65.

2005

Fonzo-Christe C, Vukasovic C, Wasilewski-Rasca AF, Bonnabry P. Subcutaneous administration of drugs in the elderly: survey of practice and systematic literature review. Palliat Med. 2005 Apr;19(3):208-19.

Lawrey H. Hyoscine vs. glycopyrronium for drying respiratory secretions in dying patients. Br J Community Nurs. 2005 Sep;10(9):421-4, 426.

Plonk WM, Arnold RM. Terminal care: the last weeks of life. J Palliat Med. 2005 Oct;8(5):1042-54.

2004

Kehl KA. Treatment of terminal restlessness: a review of the evidence. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2004;18(1):5-30.

2003

Clarke EB, Curtis JR, Luce JM, Levy M, Danis M, Nelson J, Solomon MZ; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Critical Care End-Of-Life Peer Workgroup Members. Quality indicators for end-of-life care in the intensive care unit. Crit Care Med. 2003 Sep;31(9):2255-62.

2002

Bennett M, Lucas V, Brennan M, Hughes A, O’Donnell, Wee B; Association for Palliative Medicine's Science Committee. Using anti-muscarinic drugs in the management of death rattle: evidence based guidelines for palliative care. Palliat Med. 2002 Sep;16(5):369-74.

2001

Cowan JD, Walsh D. Terminal sedation in palliative medicine--definition and review of the literature. Support Care Cancer. 2001 Sep;9(6):403-7.

1996

Burge FI. Dehydration and provision of fluids in palliative care. What is the evidence? Can Fam Physician. 1996 Dec;42:2383-8.

Last updated 04 October 2019