Special Issue "New Insights and Future Directions in Palliative Care across the Cancer Continuum"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2024 | Viewed by 3741
Interests: psychosocial adjustment; caregiving; disparities; advanced cancer; implementation science; healthcare delivery research
Palliative care is an integral component of comprehensive cancer care. Its clinical practice is rooted in the philosophy of improving the physical, mental, spiritual, and psychosocial well-being of patients and their family members. Over the last few decades, palliative care has evolved from a specialty that focused almost exclusively on end-of-life care to one delivering comprehensive supportive care to patients throughout the disease trajectory. A growing evidence base has shown that integrating palliative care early on in the disease trajectory can help to alleviate symptoms, improve patient and caregiver quality of life and satisfaction with care, enhance illness and prognostic understanding, reduce healthcare costs, and improve survival. However, significant disparities exist in the access to and provision of palliative care in medically underserved populations. While a variety of integration models show promise in improving access to care, palliative care remains underutilized across the cancer trajectory. Numerous challenges and barriers exist in the implementation of palliative care across systems; furthermore, research focused on improving quality of care is limited.
This Special Issue seeks to 1) describe new models of palliative and supportive care and identify new opportunities to improve care quality across the cancer trajectory; 2) understand barriers and challenges to implementation and integration at the patient, provider, and system levels; and 3) uncover new insights into multilevel factors that may exacerbate disparities in palliative care access/utilization among cancer patients as well as efforts to address these disparities. Original research papers and reviews are welcome. We will accept manuscripts from a variety of disciplines, including (but not limited to) nursing, medicine, epidemiology, psychology, health services, social work, implementation science, and ethics/public policy.
Prof. Dr. Hoda J. Badr
Dr. Elizabeth Kvale
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Cancers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- palliative care
- quality care
- multilevel factors