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.
Interests: palliative care knowledge; legal and forensic medicine; forensic toxicology; forensic analysis of mineralized samples (teeth and bones)
Interests: legal and forensic medicine; bioethics; forensic pathology; medical education; forensic anthropology; healthcare law
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
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- palliative care knowledge
- therapies and pharmacology
- oncology and cancer
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