Concepts and definitions for "actively dying," "end of life," "terminally ill," "terminal care," and "transition of care": a systematic review.

  title={Concepts and definitions for "actively dying," "end of life," "terminally ill," "terminal care," and "transition of care": a systematic review.},
  author={David Hui and Zohra Nooruddin and Neha Didwaniya and Rony Dev and Maxine Grace Jaucian De La Cruz and Sun Hyun Kim and Jung Hye Kwon and Ronald D. Hutchins and Christiana Liem and Eduardo Bruera},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={47 1},
CONTEXT The terms "actively dying," "end of life," "terminally ill," "terminal care," and "transition of care" are commonly used but rarely and inconsistently defined. OBJECTIVES We conducted a systematic review to examine the concepts and definitions for these terms. METHODS We searched MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Embase, and CINAHL for published peer-reviewed articles from 1948 to 2012 that conceptualized, defined, or examined these terms. Two researchers independently reviewed each citation for… CONTINUE READING


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