Keeping you up to date on the latest palliative care literature

The Palliative Care Journal Watch is a regular series of webinars that keeps you up to date on the latest peer-reviewed palliative care Literature. This program is led by palliative care experts from the divisions of palliative care at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). 

Our team of contributors regularly monitors over 20 journals and highlight papers that have the potential to challenge us to think differently about a topic or confirm our current practices. 


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Previous Journal Watch Sessions

Find recordings, slides, highlighted publications and honourable mentions from our past sessions here.

June 2023

  • Chi N-C, Nakad L, Han S, et al. Family Caregivers’ Challenges in Cancer Pain Management for Patients Receiving Palliative Care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®. 2023;40(1):43-51.
  • Groninger H, Nemati D, Cates C, Jordan K, Kelemen A, Shipp G, Munk N. Massage Therapy for Hospitalized Patients Receiving Palliative Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 May;65(5):428-441. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.01.011. Epub 2023 Jan 31. PMID: 36731805.
  • Reblin M, Iacob E, Tay DL, Li H, Thomas Hebdon MC, Beck A, Donaldson G, Cloyes KG, Ellington L. Family Caregiver Reports of Their Own and Patient Symptoms in Cancer Home Hospice Approaching End-of-Life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 May;40(5):508-516. doi: 10.1177/10499091221108119. Epub 2022 Jun 10. PMID: 35689339; PMCID: PMC9734284.
  • Zhukovsky DS, Heung Y, Enriquez P, Itzep N, Lu Z, Nortje N, Stanton P, Wong A, Bruera E. Just-in-Time Decision Making: Preliminary Findings of a Goals of Care Rapid Response Team. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Apr;65(4):e337-e343. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.11.022. Epub 2022 Dec 8. PMID: 36496112; PMCID: PMC9729166.
  • Buchman DZ, Lo S, Ding P, Dosani N, Fazelzad R, Furlan AD, Isenberg SR, Spithoff S, Tedesco A, Zimmermann C, Lau J. Palliative care for people who use drugs during communicable disease epidemics and pandemics: A scoping review on access, policies, and programs and guidelines. Palliat Med. 2023 Apr;37(4):426-443. doi: 10.1177/02692163221143153. Epub 2022 Dec 15. PMID: 36522840; PMCID: PMC9760505.
  • Kratina, S., Lo, C., Strike, C., Schwartz, R., & Rush, B. (2023). Psychedelics to Relieve Psychological Suffering Associated with a Life-Threatening Diagnosis: Time for a Canadian Policy Discussion. Healthcare Policy 18(4), 2-10. doi:10.12927/hcpol.2023.27048.
  • Bacon M, Kematick B, Suliman I, Scullion B, Chua I, Given S, Lally K. Development of PharmPAL: A Collaborative Practice Pharmacy Clinic in Ambulatory Palliative Care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 May;40(5):475-479. doi: 10.1177/10499091221120593. Epub 2022 Sep 2. PMID: 36052826.
  • Helgeson SA, Burnside RC, Robinson MT, Mack RC, Ball CT, Guru PK, Moss JE. Early Versus Usual Palliative Care Consultation in the Intensive Care Unit. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 May;40(5):544-551. doi: 10.1177/10499091221115732. Epub 2022 Jul 14. PMID: 35833450.
  • Wentlandt K, Wolofsky KT, Weiss A, Hurlburt L, Fan E, Zimmermann C, Isenberg SR. Differences in Palliative Care Provision by Primary and Specialist Providers Supporting Patients with COVID-19: A Qualitative Study. J Palliat Med. 2023 Apr 27. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0560. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37103488

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