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Advance care planning and palliative care
  1. Roberta Heale1,
  2. Helen Noble2
  1. 1Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Health Services Research, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Roberta Heale
    , Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E2C6, Canada; rheale{at}

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EBN Perspectives brings together key issues from the commentaries in one of our nursing topic themes.

This article is part of Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) Perspectives. In this series, commentaries from the past 2 years from a specific nursing theme are brought together and highlights are discussed. The topic for this edition is advance care planning and palliative care. From October 2014 to the October 2016 edition, 12 commentaries were published on the chosen topic. Key themes are extrapolated from these commentaries, and the implications for practice and future research are explored.

Key themes

The 12 commentaries are presented in box 1 and grouped into themes of patient and family/loved ones involvement; nursing advocacy; healthcare processes.

Box 1

Evidence Based Nursing commentaries on advance care planning and palliative care (October 2014–October 2016)

Themes: patient and family involvement; nurse as advocate for patient at end-of-life and processes for implementation of advance care planning (ACP) and palliative care

Theme 1: Patient and family/loved ones involvement

  1. Threats to parents' roles during the process of their child dying in the paediatric intensive care unit

  2. What ‘a good death’ means for bereaved family carers

  3. Carers providing end-of-life care at home have limited formal support in managing medications

  4. Clarification of the common aspects of dignity in end-of-life care

  5. Home death versus hospital death: …

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