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.

January 2024

  • Sedney, C. L., Dekeseredy, P., Singh, S. A., & Holbein, M. (2023). Stigmatizing Language Expressed Towards Individuals With Current or Previous OUD Who Have Pain and Cancer: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 65(6), 553–561.

  • Mai AS, Chao Y, Xiao B, Zhou Z, Yong JH, Lee ARYB, Tan EK. Risk of Suicidal Ideation and Behavior in Individuals With Parkinson Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA Neurol. 2023 Nov 13:e234207. PMID: 37955917; PMCID: PMC10644251.

  • Cobo Dols M, Beato Zambrano C, Cabezón-Gutiérrez L, Chicas-Sett R, Blancas López-Barajas MI, García Navalón FJ, Fírvida Pérez JL, Serrano Bermúdez G, Togores Torres P, et al. One-year efficacy and safety of naloxegol on symptoms and quality of life related to opioid-induced constipation in patients with cancer: KYONAL study. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Dec 7;13(e2):e318-e326. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002816. PMID: 33707299; PMCID: PMC10715504.

  • Hinkle, J., Wiener, L., Altschuler, A., Brock, K. E., Casperson, M., Chao, C. R., Fisher, L., Kushi, L. H., Lakin, J. R., Lefebvre, A., Schwartz, C. M., Shalman, D. M., Wall, C. B., & Mack, J. W. (2023). What Constitutes Quality of Life? Perspectives of Adolescents and Young Adults With Advanced Cancer. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 21(12), 1243-1250. Retrieved Dec 31, 2023, from

  • Mercadante S, Cascio AL, Casuccio A. Switching to Intravenous Methadone in Advanced Cancer Patients: A Retrospective Analysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Oct;66(4):287-292. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.04.026. Epub 2023 May 25. PMID: 37236430.

  • de Andrade DC, Mylius V, Perez-Lloret S, Cury RG, Bannister K, Moisset X, Taricani Kubota G, Finnerup NB, Bouhassira D, Chaudhuri KR, Graven-Nielsen T, Treede RD. Pain in Parkinson disease: mechanistic substrates, main classification systems, and how to make sense out of them. Pain. 2023 Nov 1;164(11):2425-2434. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002968. Epub 2023 Jun 6. PMID: 37318012.

  • Bond KR, Rea E, Lawthom C. Seizures in palliative medicine: brivaracetam. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Dec 7;13(e2):e308-e310. doi: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-003228. PMID: 34257063.

November 2023

  • Love G, Mangan S, McKay M, Caplan H, Fitzpatrick E, Marks JA, Liantonio J. Assessing the Feasibility and Implementation of Palliative Care Triggers in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit to Improve Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Patient and Family Care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Sep;40(9):959-964. doi: 10.1177/10499091221134713. Epub 2022 Oct 17. PMID: 36253188.

  • Godfrey S, Pandey A, Warraich HJ. Is There a Need for Palliative Care for Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction? JAMA Cardiol. 2023 Nov 1;8(11):1005-1006. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2023.3360. PMID: 37792359.

  • Phelan C, Hammond L, Thorpe C, Allcroft P, O’Loughlin M. A Novel Approach to Managing Thirst and Dry Mouth in Palliative Care: A Prospective Randomized Cross-Over Trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Nov;66(5):587-594.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.08.005. Epub 2023 Aug 9. PMID: 37562697.

  • Fitchett G, Hisey Pierson AL, Hoffmeyer C, Labuschagne D, Lee A, Levine S, O’Mahony S, Pugliese K, Waite N. Development of the PC-7, a Quantifiable Assessment of Spiritual Concerns of Patients Receiving Palliative Care Near the End of Life. J Palliat Med. 2020 Feb;23(2):248-253. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0188. Epub 2019 Sep 4. PMID: 31483184; PMCID: PMC6987727.

  • Schwartz L, Nouvet E, de Laat S, Yantzi R, Wahoush O, Khater WA, Rwililiza EM, Abu-Siam I, Krishnaraj G, Amir T, Bezanson K, Wallace CS, Sow OB, Diallo AA, Diallo FB, Elit L, Bernard C, Hunt M. Aid when ‘there is nothing left to offer’: Experiences of palliative care and palliative care needs in humanitarian crises. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023 Feb 1;3(2):e0001306. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgph.0001306. PMID: 36962993; PMCID: PMC10021221

  • Reason B, Paltser G. Access to Palliative Care in Canada. Healthc Q. 2023 Jul;26(2):6-8. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2023.27140. PMID: 37572064.

  • LaTourette L, Williams K, Wong M, Thomas J, Pennarola A, Liantonio J. Evaluation of Bereavement Assessment Within Inpatient Palliative Care Consultation. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Aug;40(8):844-849. doi: 10.1177/10499091221128256. Epub 2022 Sep 25. PMID: 36154714.

  • Mercadante S. Alcoholization of Intercostal Nerves for Incident Pain Due to Rib Metastases. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Sep;66(3):e427-e429. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.06.018. Epub 2023 Jun 19. PMID: 37343899.

  • Bulle S, Arya A, Dosani N. From Cultural Safety to Anti-Racism: Reflections on Addressing Inequities in Palliative Care. Curr Oncol. 2023 Aug 28;30(9):7920-7925. doi: 10.3390/curroncol30090575. PMID: 37754490; PMCID: PMC10527891.

  • Hmaidan S, Goulder A, Bos L, Shen MJ, Wellman JD, Prescott L, Brown A. Too Close for Comfort? Attitudes of Gynecologic Oncologists Toward Caring for Dying Patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Nov;40(11):116,m8-1173. doi: 10.1177/10499091221145165. Epub 2022 Dec 12. PMID: 36507696.

  • Yu SY, Schellenberg J, Alleyne A. Dexmedetomidine use for patients in palliative care with intractable pain and delirium: A retrospective study. PLoS One. 2023 Sep 27;18(9):e0292016. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0292016. PMID: 37756303; PMCID: PMC10530014

September 2023

  • Dzeng E, Batten JN, Dohan D, Blythe J, Ritchie CS, Curtis JR. Hospital Culture and Intensity of End-of-Life Care at 3 Academic Medical Centers. JAMA Intern Med. 2023 Aug 1;183(8):839-848. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.2450. PMID: 37399038; PMCID: PMC10318547.
  • Chan LML, Yan OY, Lee JJJ, Lam WWT, Lin CC, Auyeung M, Bloem BR, Kwok JYY. Effects of Palliative Care for Progressive Neurologic Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2023 Feb;24(2):171-184. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2022.11.001. Epub 2022 Dec 5. PMID: 36481217. Curtis JR, Lee RY, Brumback LC, Kross EK, Downey L, Torrence J, LeDuc N, Mallon Andrews K, Im J, Heywood J, Brown CE, Sibley J, Lober WB, Cohen T, Weiner BJ, Khandelwal N, Abedini NC, Engelberg RA. Intervention to Promote Communication About Goals of Care for Hospitalized Patients With Serious Illness: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2023 Jun 20;329(23):2028-2037. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.8812. PMID: 37210665; PMCID: PMC10201405.
  • Koh SJQ, Sim DKL, Neo SH. Letter to the Editor: Educating Patients With Advanced Heart Failure Through Chat Generative Pretrained Transformer and Natural-Language Artificial Intelligence: Is Now the Time for It? J Palliat Med. 2023 Jul;26(7):893-895. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2023.0199. PMID: 37428968
  • Navarro-Meléndez A, Gimenez MJ, Robledo-Donascimento Y, Río-González A, Lendínez-Mesa A. Physiotherapy applied to palliative care patients: a descriptive practice-based study. BMC Palliat Care. 2023 Jul 20;22(1):99. doi: 10.1186/s12904-023-01188-3. PMID: 37474943; PMCID: PMC10357741
  • Cohen MG, Althouse AD, Arnold RM, White D, Chu E, Rosenzweig M, Smith KJ, Schenker Y. Primary Palliative Care Improves Uptake of Advance Care Planning Among Patients With Advanced Cancers. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2023 Apr;21(4):383-390. doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2023.7002. PMID: 37015338. Adir
  • Gainza-Miranda D, Sanz-Peces EM, Varela Cerdeira M, Prados Sanchez C, Alonso-Babarro A. Effectiveness of the integration of a palliative care team in the follow-up of patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: The home obstructive lung disease study. Heart Lung. 2023 Aug 7;62:186-192. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2023.07.006. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37556860. Jose
  • Chow JK, Pickens ND, Fletcher T, Bowyer P, Thompson M. Missed Opportunities to Ease Suffering: An Explanatory Model of Occupational Therapy Utilization in End-of-Life Care. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Sep;40(9):1004-1012. doi: 10.1177/10499091221143917. Epub 2022 Dec 5. PMID: 36469746 Aynharan
    Sedney CL, Dekeseredy P, Singh SA, Holbein M. Stigmatizing Language Expressed Towards Individuals With Current or Previous OUD Who Have Pain and Cancer: A Qualitative Study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023 Jun;65(6):553-561. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.02.007. Epub 2023 Feb 15. PMID: 36804424. Jean
  • Grossman CH, Hearn R, McPhee M, Fisher F, Wools C, Mathers S. Neuropalliative care for progressive neurological diseases: A scoping review on models of care and priorities for future research. Palliative Medicine. 2023;37(7):959-974. doi:10.1177/02692163231175696 Leonie

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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