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In this issue we print a variety of papers relevant to supportive and palliative care practice. My editor's choice tackles the content of difficult conversations in clinical practice. Ruth Perry and colleagues’ systematic review of how to communicate prognostic information takes its conclusions from 13 studies of conversation and discourse analysis. The paper gives an account of how various approaches to open discussion and frame information appear to be received in clinical practice.
This crop of papers includes the whole spectrum of clinically relevant studies, from translational work on symptom generation and therapeutics to an editorial by Dawson, Baughan and …
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