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Aims & Scope

Journal of Palliative Medicine is the premier peer-reviewed journal covering medical, psychosocial, policy, and legal issues in end-of-life care and relief of suffering for patients with intractable pain. The Journal presents essential information for professionals in hospice/palliative medicine, focusing on improving quality of life for patients and their families, and the latest developments in drug and non-drug treatments.  

Journal of Palliative Medicine coverage includes:

  • The latest medical advances in pain and symptom management
  • Evidence-based protocols
  • Model palliative care programs
  • Clinical case reports
  • Guidance for working with patients and their families
  • Psychological and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care
  • Roundtable discussions with leading experts in the field

Journal of Palliative Medicine is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and other leading investigators. View the entire editorial board.

Audience: Physicians and pediatricians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, pain medicine specialists, and hospice and nursing home staff, among others.


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  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine
  • Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts
  • EMBASE/Excerpta Medica
  • CINAHL® database
  • PsycINFO
  • British Nursing Index
  • AMED - Allied and Contemporary Medicine Database
  • SafetyLit
  • BenchSci
The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.