Special Issue "Nursing and Palliative Care"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
2. Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, PA 19104, USA
Interests: palliative and hospice care; quality of life; outcome measurement; complex intervention; quality and safety
Globally, as many as 100 million people are in need of, and may benefit from, palliative and hospice care across their disease trajectory and at the end of life. The landscape of healthcare keeps changing, chronic illnesses and disabilities are significantly increasing, and healthcare workforce shortage, costs, as well as quality and safety issues are driving forces that impact patient outcomes, their families and nursing care. Nurses’ responsibilities and duties to provide high-quality palliative care are internationally grounded in nurses’ codes of ethics. This contributes to their recognized role in delivering holistic patient- and family-centered care. Besides this, technological innovations are now rapidly spreading and may promote advancements in nursing care and address palliative and hospice care research priorities identified by nursing associations and research agencies. In recent years, nurses have made significant contributions to palliative and hospice care for patients and their families. They are in pivotal positions that enable them to lead change towards implementing nursing interventions aimed at improving the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of palliative care needs across diagnoses, disease trajectories, contexts of care, and models of nursing care.
However, relevant palliative and hospice nursing research approaches and interventions need to be shared to stimulate a better high-quality, evidence-based palliative care practice.
This Special Issue addresses the current state of knowledge on palliative and hospice nursing care. Papers dealing with nursing strategies with a view toward nursing aspects of quality and safety, assessment, nursing diagnosis, and interventions are welcome.
Original research papers, reviews, case reports, methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries are accepted.
- Overcoming barriers in underserved, hard-to-reach populations;
- Implementing culturally congruent, patient- and caregiver-centered palliative care strategies;
- Interventions to address patient and caregiver goals;
- Symptom burden impact on individual and family goals;
- Models for community-based palliative care;
- Strategies for assessing caregiver preparedness and self-care;
- Symptom management at end of life;
- Electronic data collection methods used by health care providers to monitor, evaluate, and improve palliative and end-of-life care;
- Best ways to measure patient-reported outcomes;
- Effective ways to motivate and engage individuals, caregivers, and families in conversations about end-of-life goals and values that inform decision making;
- Operationalizing and individualizing palliative care and which models best meet the supportive and end-of-life care needs of patients and families;
- Factors in palliative care that impact the bereavement process.
Dr. Gianluca Catania
Prof. George Demiris
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- palliative care
- hospice care
- end-of-life care
- decision making
- symptom management
- patient- and family-centered care
- patient-reported outcomes
- end-of-life conversations
- patients’ needs
- nursing care
- quality and safety