Guest editors Professor Julian Bion and Professor Maureen Coombs, and Catherine Walshe, Editor-in-Chief of Palliative Medicine and Senior Lecturer in Palliative Care, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, UK, invite you to contribute a paper on palliative care in critical care
Palliative Medicine is excited to announce a new call for papers for a forthcoming special edition focusing on palliative care in critical care settings. This follows on from our recent successful calls for papers for special editions on family carers and the care of those with non-malignant disease.
We’re delighted that we have two guest editors for this special edition: Professor Julian Bion (Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University of Birmingham, UK) and Professor Maureen Coombs (Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care), Victoria University, New Zealand). Julian and Maureen say:
“We are excited and honoured to act as guest editors for this special edition of Palliative Medicine. In commissioning a dedicated Critical Care Special Edition, Palliative Medicine has recognised the importance of end of life care in this speciality. We look forward to showcasing high quality work from international research and clinical colleagues to further our knowledge and understanding about this most significant area of practice.”
We hope that this special edition will focus on developing our knowledge of the care of patients nearing the end of their lives in intensive and critical care settings. These patients will have life-threatening organ system failures, often in the setting of severe chronic disease, or they may be at risk of developing critical illness and need sensitive discussions about treatment goals and limitations. We are seeking original research that offers insights into the support of patients, families and professional caregivers in these care settings. Research is likely to address transitions, as the primary focus of care moves from prolongation of survival to the alleviation of suffering.
Our aim is to publish rigorous, empirical, original research reviews, research methodologies or theoretical works. We are seeking interdisciplinary contributions from across health and social care that will appeal to an international audience of clinicians, researchers, managers, educators and policymakers. Papers may address paediatric or adult critical care, or both. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Prediction and prognosis: Exploring issues of prognostic uncertainty; understanding how decisions to treat, to limit, to withhold, or to withdraw treatment are made and the resultant impact on care pathways.
- Practical aspects of palliation: Understanding the challenges associated with palliation and symptom management within these interdisciplinary care settings.
- Prevention: Examining the use of advance care planning and advance directives in critical care settings and the impact of educational or psychological interventions on patients, bereaved families and professionals. Research into service developments that bridge the gap between palliative care and intensive care are particularly welcomed.
- Perspectives: Investigating end-of-life care in critical care from different perspectives including those of patients and families, professional care providers or providing cultural, emotional, moral and legal insights.
What about submitting a paper?
If you are interested in submitting a paper for this special edition, then please do carefully read our standard author guidelines for information about how to present and submit your papers. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2014: we’ve tried to give as much time as possible for you to submit high quality papers. We look forward to receiving them!
Read more blog posts that relate to other special editions of Palliative Medicine…
- Click here to read posts relating to the special edition on ‘Family carers’.
- Click here to read a post relating to the special issue on ‘Caring for people with non-malignant disease’.