Review collection - Access and equity 

44 reviews


Chand CP, Greenley S, Macleod U, Lind M, Barton R, Kelly C. Geographical distance and reduced access to palliative radiotherapy: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Mar 15:bmjspcare-2021-003356. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003356. Epub ahead of print.

Ebneter AS, Sauter TC, Christen A, Eychmueller S. Feasibility, acceptability and needs in telemedicine for palliative care. Swiss Med Wkly. 2022 Mar 9;152(9-10):Swiss Med Wkly. 2022;152:w30148. doi: 10.4414/smw.2022.w30148.

Estrada L, Agarwal M, Stone P. Health Inequities in Nursing Home Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022 May;63(5):862-863. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.02.049.

Lintott L, Beringer R, Do A, Daudt H. A rapid review of end-of-life needs in the LGBTQ+ community and recommendations for clinicians. Palliat Med. 2022 Feb 17:2692163221078475. doi: 10.1177/02692163221078475. Epub ahead of print.

Saretta M, Doñate-Martínez A, Alhambra-Borrás T. Barriers and facilitators for an effective palliative care communication with older people: A systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Apr 7:S0738-3991(22)00148-3. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.04.003. Epub ahead of print.

Shabnam J, Timm HU, Nielsen DS, Raunkiaer M. Palliative Care Utilization Among Non-Western Migrants in Europe: A Systematic Review. J Immigr Minor Health. 2022 Feb;24(1):237-255. doi: 10.1007/s10903-021-01302-8. Epub 2021 Oct 28.


Edwards D, Anstey S, Coffey M, Gill P, Mann M, Meudell A, Hannigan B. End of life care for people with severe mental illness: Mixed methods systematic review and thematic synthesis (the MENLOC study). Palliat Med. 2021 Sep 3:2692163211037480. doi: 10.1177/02692163211037480. Epub ahead of print.

Edwards RL, Patrician PA, Bakitas M, Markaki A. Palliative care integration: a critical review of nurse migration effect in Jamaica. BMC Palliat Care. 2021 Oct 13;20(1):155. doi: 10.1186/s12904-021-00863-7.

French M, Keegan T, Anestis E, Preston N. Exploring socioeconomic inequities in access to palliative and end-of-life care in the UK: a narrative synthesis. BMC Palliat Care. 2021 Nov 21;20(1):179. doi: 10.1186/s12904-021-00878-0.

Jin S, Liu S, Li J, Ning X, Liu X. Stumbling and Growing: A Bibliometric Study of Academic Publications of Palliative Care in Mainland China for 2010-2020. J Palliat Care. 2021 Nov 8:8258597211039056. doi: 10.1177/08258597211039056. Epub ahead of print.

Jones T, Luth EA, Lin SY, Brody AA. Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, and End-of-life Care Interventions for Racial and Ethnic Underrepresented Groups: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Sep;62(3):e248-e260. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.04.025. Epub 2021 May 11.

Mayland CR, Powell RA, Clarke GC, Ebenso B, Allsop MJ. Bereavement care for ethnic minority communities: A systematic review of access to, models of, outcomes from, and satisfaction with, service provision. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 30;16(6):e0252188. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252188.

Nelson KE, Wright R, Peeler A, Brockie T, Davidson PM. Sociodemographic Disparities in Access to Hospice and Palliative Care: An Integrative Review. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Jan 11:1049909120985419. doi: 10.1177/1049909120985419. Epub ahead of print.

Ogi M, Campling N, Birtwistle J, Richardson A, Bennett MI, Santer M, Latter S. Community access to palliative care medicines-patient and professional experience: systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2021 Mar 28:bmjspcare-2020-002761. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002761. Epub ahead of print.

Sawyer JM, Higgs P, Porter JDH, Sampson EL. New public health approaches to palliative care, a brave new horizon or an impractical ideal? An Integrative literature review with thematic synthesis. Palliat Care Soc Pract. 2021 Oct 6;15:26323524211032984. doi: 10.1177/26323524211032984.

Tobin J, Rogers A, Winterburn I, Tullie S, Kalyanasundaram A, Kuhn I, Barclay S. Hospice care access inequalities: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2021 Feb 19:bmjspcare-2020-002719. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002719. Epub ahead of print.


Adam E, Sleeman KE, Brearley S, Hunt K, Tuffrey-Wijne I. The palliative care needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and their access to palliative care services: A systematic review. Palliat Med. 2020 Jun 17:269216320932774. doi: 10.1177/0269216320932774. Epub ahead of print.

Aregay A, O'Connor M, Stow J, Ayers N, Lee S. Strategies used to establish palliative care in rural low- and middle-income countries: an integrative review. Health Policy Plan. 2020 Jun 24:czaa051. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czaa051. Epub ahead of print.

Greenfield K, Holley S, Schoth DE, Harrop E, Howard RF, Bayliss J, Brook L, Jassal SS, Johnson M, Wong I, Liossi C. A mixed-methods systematic review and meta-analysis of barriers and facilitators to paediatric symptom management at end of life. Palliat Med. 2020 Mar 31:269216320907065. doi: 10.1177/0269216320907065. Epub ahead of print.

Jordan RI, Allsop MJ, ElMokhallalati Y, Jackson CE, Edwards HL, Chapman EJ, Deliens L, Bennett MI. Duration of palliative care before death in international routine practice: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2020 Nov 26;18(1):368. doi: 10.1186/s12916-020-01829-x.

Luckett T, San Martin A, Currow DC, Johnson MJ, Barnes-Harris MM, Phillips JL. A systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing burden from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Palliat Med. 2020 Jul 28:269216320940153. doi: 10.1177/0269216320940153. Epub ahead of print.

Pawlow PC, Doherty CL, Blumenthal NP, Matura LA, Christie JD, Ersek M. An Integrative Review of the Role of Palliative Care in Lung Transplantation. Prog Transplant. 2020 Apr 3:1526924820913512. doi: 10.1177/1526924820913512. Epub ahead of print.

Sampedro Pilegaard M, Knold Rossau H, Lejsgaard E, Kjer Møller JJ, Jarlbaek L, Dalton SO, la Cour K. Rehabilitation and palliative care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients with advanced cancer: a scoping review. Acta Oncol. 2020 Oct 6:1-12. doi: 10.1080/0284186X.2020.1827156. Epub ahead of print.

Yu CW, Alavinia SM, Alter DA. Impact of socioeconomic status on end-of-life costs: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Palliat Care. 2020 Mar 23;19(1):35. doi: 10.1186/s12904-020-0538-y.


Bindley K, Lewis J, Travaglia J, DiGiacomo M. Disadvantaged and disenfranchised in bereavement: A scoping review of social and structural inequity following expected death. Soc Sci Med. 2019 Dec;242:112599. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112599. Epub 2019 Oct 12.

Davies JM, Sleeman KE, Leniz J, Wilson R, Higginson IJ, Verne J, Maddocks M, Murtagh FEM. Socioeconomic position and use of healthcare in the last year of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2019 Apr 23;16(4):e1002782. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002782. eCollection 2019 Apr.

Fusi-Schmidhauser T, Riglietti A, Froggatt K, Preston N. Palliative Care Provision for Patients with Advanced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Systematic Integrative Literature Review. COPD. 2019 Feb 4:1-12. doi: 10.1080/15412555.2019.1566893. [Epub ahead of print]

Lovell J, Pham T, Noaman SQ, Davis MC, Johnson M, Ibrahim JE. Self-management of heart failure in dementia and cognitive impairment: a systematic review. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2019 Apr 29;19(1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12872-019-1077-4.

Marmor M, Jonas A, Mirza A, Rad E, Wong H, Aslakson RA. Opportunities to Improve Utilization of Palliative Care Among Adults With Cystic Fibrosis: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Dec;58(6):1100-1112.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2019.08.017. Epub 2019 Aug 19.

Neergaard MA, Brunoe AH, Skorstengaard MH, Nielsen MK. What socio-economic factors determine place of death for people with life-limiting illness? A systematic review and appraisal of methodological rigour. Palliat Med. 2019 Jun 12:269216319847089. doi: 10.1177/0269216319847089. [Epub ahead of print]


Donkor A, Luckett T, Aranda S, Phillips J. Barriers and facilitators to implementation of cancer treatment and palliative care strategies in low- and middle-income countries: systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2018 Jul 5. doi: 10.1007/s00038-018-1142-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Elk R, Felder TM, Cayir E, Samuel CA. Social Inequalities in Palliative Care for Cancer Patients in the US: A Structured Review. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2018 Aug 23. pii: S0749-2081(18)30045-7. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2018.06.011. [Epub ahead of print]

Gardner DS, Doherty M, Bates G, Koplow A, Johnson S. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Palliative Care: A Systematic Scoping Review. Families in Society. 2018 Dec;99(4):301-316.

Kim JW, Atkins C, Wilson AM. Barriers to specialist palliative care in interstitial lung disease: a systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2018 Nov 21. pii: bmjspcare-2018-001575. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2018-001575. [Epub ahead of print]


Hudson BF, Flemming K, Shulman C, Candy B. Challenges to access and provision of palliative care for people who are homeless: a systematic review of qualitative research. BMC Palliat Care. 2016 Dec 3;15(1):96.


Connolly A, Sampson EL, Purandare N. End-of-life care for people with dementia from ethnic minority groups: a systematic review. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 Feb;60(2):351-60.

Granda-Cameron C, Houldin A. Concept Analysis of Good Death in Terminally Ill Patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2012 Feb 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Rietjens JA, Deschepper R, Pasman R, Deliens L. Medical end-of-life decisions: does its use differ in vulnerable patient groups? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Apr;74(8):1282-7. Epub 2012 Feb 17.


Grams ME, Plantinga LC, Hedgeman E, Saran R, Myers GL, Williams DE, Powe NR; CDC CKD Surveillance Team. Validation of CKD and related conditions in existing data sets: A systematic review. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011 Jan;57(1):44-54. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Lewis JM, DiGiacomo M, Currow DC, Davidson PM. Dying in the margins: understanding palliative care and socioeconomic deprivation in the developed world. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 Jul;42(1):105-18. Epub 2011 Mar 12.

Maddison AR, Asada Y, Urquhart R. Inequity in access to cancer care: a review of the Canadian literature. Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Mar;22(3):359-66. Epub 2011 Jan 8.


Higginson IJ, Hart S, Koffman J, Selman L, Harding R. Needs assessments in palliative care: an appraisal of definitions and approaches used. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 May;33(5):500-5.


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.


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 04 May 2022