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Sleeping-related distress in a palliative care population: influence of symptom clusters
  1. Karen Harrison-Dening
  1. Research and Publications, Dementia UK, London EC5 1RE, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Karen Harrison-Dening, Research and Publications, Dementia UK, London EC5 1RE, UK; Karen.Harrison-Dening{at}

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Commentary on: Currow DC, Davis W, Connolly A, et al. Sleeping related distress in a palliative care population: A national, prospective, consecutive cohort. Palliat Med 2021. doi: 10.1177/026921631998558

Implications for practice and research

  • Sleeping-related distress is highly prevalent in patients in both inpatient and community palliative care settings.

  • Good sleep can improve other symptoms that are in identified clusters, such as pain and fatigue.

  • Understanding a person’s sleep history and their personal objectives in any intervention should be explored within an assessment.


Sleep is essential for optimal mental and physical health.1 Poor sleep quality can have a negative impact and is associated with (among other things), a reduction in a person’s sense of well-being and quality of life.1 Patients in the palliative care stages of a progressive incurable disease’, with limited response to treatments, can often present with severe and changing symptoms during the final stage of life.2 Sleep disturbance is one such …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.