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Journal of Palliative Medicine (JPM) is celebrating its 25th year of publication. The journal continues to serve the expansive and continued growth of this vital field globally. The journal is the go-to resource to discover the latest scientifically derived clinical information fueling the rapid rise of this discipline and remains a household name amongst palliative care communities around the world. Affiliated with eight high-ranking, globally respected societies, the journal is truly the global journal of record in the field.

As part of the celebration, we have posted the 30 best articles of the last 25 years in 3 categories: most read, most cited, and highest Altmetric score. It is interesting to us that the three lists are different! We invite your opinions on why these three lists may be so different. Please enjoy this full collection and feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts here.


The Management of Opioid-Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Patients with Cancer: A Systematic Review

Tonje A. Sande, Barry J.A. Laird, and Marie T. Fallon

Lessons Learned from Caring for Patients with COVID-19 at the End of Life

Anirudh Rao and Anne Kelemen

Taking Psychedelics Seriously

Ira Byock

Predicting Mortality and Life Expectancy in Patients under Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation and Maintenance Dialysis

Chang-Sheng Jang and Jung-Der Wang

Development of the PC-7, a Quantifiable Assessment of Spiritual Concerns of Patients Receiving Palliative Care Near the End of Life

George Fitchett, Anna Lee Hisey Pierson, Christine Hoffmeyer, Dirk Labuschagne, Aoife Lee, Stacie Levine, Sean O'Mahony, Karen Pugliese, and Nancy Waite

Symptom Relief Is Possible in Elderly Dying COVID-19 Patients: A National Register Study

Peter Strang, Jonas Bergström, and Staffan Lundström

The Impact of Public Health Awareness Campaigns on the Awareness and Quality of Palliative Care

Jane Seymour

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Position Statement: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, and Lukas Radbruch

The Use of Low-Dose Methadone as Add-On to Regular Opioid Therapy in Cancer-Related Pain at End of Life: A National Swedish Survey in Specialized Palliative Care

Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad, and Peter Strang

Advance Directives/Care Planning: Clear, Simple, and Wrong

R. Sean Morrison


National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care Guidelines, 4th Edition

Betty R. Ferrell, Martha L. Twaddle, Amy Melnick, and Diane E. Meier

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Advance Care Planning: Results of a Statewide Population-Based Survey

Melissa A. Clark, Sharina D. Person, Anna Gosline, Atul A. Gawande, and Susan D. Block

Webside Manner during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Maintaining Human Connection during Virtual Visits

Isaac S. Chua, Vicki Jackson, and Mihir Kamdar

Race/Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Status, and Healthcare Intensity at the End of Life

Crystal E. Brown, Ruth A. Engelberg, Rashmi Sharma, Lois Downey, James A. Fausto, James Sibley, William Lober, Nita Khandelwal, Elizabeth T. Loggers, and J. Randall Curtis

A Novel Palliative Care Approach Using Virtual Reality for Improving Various Symptoms of Terminal Cancer Patients: A Preliminary Prospective, Multicenter Study

Kazuyuki Niki, Yoshiaki Okamoto, Isseki Maeda, Ichiro Mori, Ryouhei Ishii, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Tatsuya Takagi, and Etsuko Uejima

Advance Care Planning Documentation in Electronic Health Records: Current Challenges and Recommendations for Change

Daniela Lamas, Natalie Panariello, Natalie Henrich, Bernard Hammes, Laura C. Hanson, Diane E. Meier, Nancy Guinn, Janet Corrigan, Sean Hubber, Hannah Luetke-Stahlman, and Susan Block

Validation of the Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool in a Geriatric Population

Reine De Bock, Nele Van Den Noortgate, and Ruth Piers

A Qualitative Study of Serious Illness Conversations in Patients with Advanced Cancer

Olaf P. Geerse, Daniela J. Lamas, Justin J. Sanders, Joanna Paladino, Jane Kavanagh, Natalie J. Henrich, Annette J. Berendsen, Thijo J.N. Hiltermann, Erik K. Fromme, Rachelle E. Bernacki, and Susan D. Block

A National Palliative Care Strategy for Canada

R. Sean Morrison

Surgeons' Perceived Barriers to Palliative and End-of-Life Care: A Mixed Methods Study of a Surgical Society

Pasithorn A. Suwanabol, Ari C. Reichstein, Z. Tuba Suzer-Gurtekin, Jane Forman, Maria J. Silveira, Lona Mody, and Arden M. Morris


Geographic Variation of Hospice Use Patterns at the End of Life

Shi-Yi Wang, Melissa D. Aldridge, Cary P. Gross, Maureen Canavan, Emily Cherlin, Rosemary Johnson-Hurzeler, and Elizabeth Bradley

The Cambia Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program: Project Summaries from the Inaugural Scholar Cohort

Arif H. Kamal, Wendy G. Anderson, Renee D. Boss, Abraham A. Brody, Toby C. Campbell, Claire J. Creutzfeldt, Caroline J. Hurd, Anne L. Kinderman, Elizabeth C. Lindenberger, and Lynn F. Reinke

The Impact of a Home-Based Palliative Care Program in an Accountable Care Organization

Dana Lustbader, Mitchell Mudra, Carole Romano, Ed Lukoski, Andy Chang, James Mittelberger, Terry Scherr, and David Cooper

Feasibility Testing of an Emergency Department Screening Tool To Identify Older Adults Appropriate for Palliative Care Consultation

Kei Ouchi, Susan D. Block, Mara A. Schonberg, Emily S. Jamieson, Emily L. Aaronson, Daniel J. Pallin, James A. Tulsky, and Jeremiah D. Schuur

The Louisiana State Penitentiary: Angola Prison Hospice

Carol Evans, Ronda Herzog, and Tanya Tillman

Clinical Criteria for Physician Aid in Dying

David Orentlicher, Thaddeus Mason Pope, Ben A. Rich, and Physician Aid-in-Dying Clinical Criteria Committee

Cataract Surgery in Hospice Patients: Pros, Cons, and Cost-Effectiveness

Joshua G. Nunn, Scott Shreve, Ingrid U. Scott, and Seth M. Pantanelli

End-of-Life Dreams and Visions: A Longitudinal Study of Hospice Patients' Experiences

Christopher W. Kerr, James P. Donnelly, Scott T. Wright, Sarah M. Kuszczak, Anne Banas, Pei C. Grant, and Debra L. Luczkiewicz

Feasibility and Acceptability of a Pharmacogenomic Decision Support System in Palliative Care

Janet H. Bull, Tyler Bice, Wesley J. Satterwhite, Lisa Massie, Elizabeth Burpee, Helena Knotkova, and Russell K. Portenoy

The Growth of Palliative Care in U.S. Hospitals: A Status Report

Tamara Dumanovsky, Rachel Augustin, Maggie Rogers, Katrina Lettang, Diane E. Meier, and R. Sean Morrison