Special Issue "Palliative Care and Cancer at the End of Life"

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: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Leticia Rubio Lamia
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Guest Editor
Department of Human Anatomy and Legal and Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, IBIMA CE-18, University of Malaga, 29071 Malaga, Spain
Interests: palliative care knowledge; legal and forensic medicine; forensic toxicology; forensic analysis of mineralized samples (teeth and bones)
Dr. Cristina M. Beltrán Aroca
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Assistant Guest Editor
Sección de Medicina Legal y Forense, Departamento de Ciencias Morfológicas y Sociosanitarias, Facultad de Medicina y Enfermería, Universidad de Córdoba, 14004 Córdoba, Spain
Interests: legal and forensic medicine; bioethics; forensic pathology; medical education; forensic anthropology; healthcare law

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Quality of care at the end of life is necessary. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people over the age of 60 in the world population will almost double by 2050. Therefore, more palliative care support will be required for some illnesses and clinical syndromes, chronic progressive illnesses or advances stages diseases like cancer. Healthcare services will need to provide appropriate services for demographic changing populations, and this will require greater knowledge, intervention, evaluation, therapies, and welfare of patients, among others, to obtain quality care and assistance for these patients. In this context, the outbreak of the SARS-COV2 pandemic should also be considered as a determining factor in the evolution of palliative care.

Although palliative care has been developed and implemented in many countries, most studies suggest that health professionals are poorly prepared for end-of-life care and do not feel capable of managing patients who need this care. In addition, some studies have observed that health professionals are poor at communicating bad news. Proper communication with patients constitutes a key domain in palliative care and is especially important in the decision to carry out a palliative management plan. Thus, there is a need for in-depth investigations to determine possible gaps in the knowledge, communication, assistance, and therapies in palliative care.

On the other hand, teams that care for these patients are multidisciplinary. Therefore, studies on knowledge, attitude, and management of palliative care in these professionals are also needed. A multidimensional approach is also important in palliative care patients and requires further work in public health areas to overcome barriers.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the current state of knowledge in palliative care at the end of life and the relationship between quality of care and well-being of patients, their families, and public health.

New research papers, reviews, case reports, and conference papers are welcome to this issue. Papers dealing with new approaches to assessment and management of these patients are also welcome. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers, instrument validation papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries.

We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines including ethics, education, healthcare impact, pharmacology, pain management, intervention and evaluation, cancer, palliative care, etc.

Dr. Leticia Rubio Lamia
Dr. Cristina M. Beltrán Aroca
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • palliative care knowledge
  • ethics
  • education
  • attitude
  • communication
  • therapies and pharmacology
  • evaluation
  • intervention
  • oncology and cancer

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Psychometric Testing of the Spanish Modified Version of the Mini-Suffering State Examination
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7821; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18157821 - 23 Jul 2021
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Background: The mini-suffering state examination is a valid and reliable measure that have been used to assess suffering in patients with advanced cancer. The aim of this study was to carry out a psychometric analysis of the Spanish version of the mini-suffering state [...] Read more.
Background: The mini-suffering state examination is a valid and reliable measure that have been used to assess suffering in patients with advanced cancer. The aim of this study was to carry out a psychometric analysis of the Spanish version of the mini-suffering state examination. Method: A validation study was conducted. Seventy-two informal caregivers of deceased patients in palliative care were included in this study. A psychometric testing of content validity, internal consistency, and convergent validity with the Spanish version of the quality of dying and death questionnaire was performed. Results: The original instrument was modified to be used by informal caregivers. The content validity was acceptable (0.96), and the internal consistency was moderate (α = 0.67). Convergent validity was demonstrated (r = −0.64). Conclusion: The Spanish modified version of the MSSE showed satisfactory measurement properties. The Spanish modified version of MSSE can be useful to facilitate screening, monitor progress, and guide treatment decisions in end-of-life cancer patients. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palliative Care and Cancer at the End of Life)
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Physicians’ and Nurses’ Knowledge in Palliative Care: Multidimensional Regression Models
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 5031; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18095031 - 10 May 2021
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The increase in life expectancy has led to a growth in the number of people in need of palliative care. Health professionals must possess appropriate knowledge and skills. This study aimed to assess knowledge in palliative care through the Palliative Care Knowledge Test [...] Read more.
The increase in life expectancy has led to a growth in the number of people in need of palliative care. Health professionals must possess appropriate knowledge and skills. This study aimed to assess knowledge in palliative care through the Palliative Care Knowledge Test Spanish Version (PCKT-SV)®. A cross-sectional analytical study was conducted in 40 primary care health services. A total of 600 PCKT-SV questionnaires were distributed among health professionals; 561 of them (226 nurses and 335 physicians) were properly filled up. Sociodemographic information, education, and work experience were also recorded. A total of 34.41% of the nurses and 67.40% of the physicians showed good or excellent knowledge of palliative care. Physicians’ scores for pain, dyspnea, and psychiatric disorders were higher than those of the nurses. Nurses scored significantly better in philosophy. Professionals with continuous training in palliative care showed a higher level of knowledge. Age and work experience of physicians and undergraduate training in nurses had significant weight in knowledge. Developing continuous training and enhancing undergraduate training in palliative care will lead to improved patient care at the end of life. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Palliative Care and Cancer at the End of Life)
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Ethical issues in palliative care during the Covid-19 pandemic in oncology patients
Authors: Cristina Mª Beltrán Aroca
Affiliation: University of Cordoba

Title: Needs and Problems Experienced by Informal Caregivers of Palliative Care Patients
Authors: Leticia Rubio
Affiliation: University of Malaga

Title: Psychometric Properties of Instruments for Measure Skills and Knowledge of Physicians in Palliative Care: a Systematic Review
Authors: Jaime Martín-Martín
Affiliation: University of Malaga

Title: Psychometric Testing of the Spanish Modified Version of Mini-Suffering State Examination
Authors: Daniel Gutiérrez-Sánchez
Affiliation: Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Málaga, 29071, Málaga, Spain Biomedical Research Institute of Málaga (IBIMA), 29071 Málaga, Spain

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