To coincide with Hospice Care Week (October 9th-15th) and World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on October 14th, JAN has created a virtual issue to showcase cutting edge research. The selected papers clearly demonstrate the changing landscape of palliative care in the 21st Century. Nurses still find it highly challenging to break bad news and need more support and training to do it well (Warnock et al 2017). Two conceptual papers help advance understanding on the importance of hope (Broadhurst & Harrington 2015) and autonomy and choice (Wilson et al 2015) for people at the end of life.
Coombs M.A., Parker R., Ranse K., Endacott R. & Bloomer M.J. (2017) An integrative review of how families are prepared for, and supported during withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in intensive care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 73(1), 39–55. doi: 10.1111/jan.13097
Jack B.A., Mitchell T.K., Cope L.C. & O'Brien M.R. (2016) Supporting older people with cancer and life-limiting conditions dying at home: a qualitative study of patient and family caregiver experiences of Hospice at Home care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(9), 2162–2172. doi: 10.1111/jan.12983
Ramasamy Venkatasalu M., Whiting D. & Cairnduff K. (2015) Life after the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP): a qualitative study of critical care practitioners delivering end-of-life care. Journal of Advanced Nursing 71(9), 2108–2118. doi: 10.1111/jan.12680