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  1. Bill Noble
  1. Correspondence to Professor Bill Noble, Academic Unit of Supportive Care, Sheffield Hallam University, Sykes House, Little Common Lane, London SE1 7TP, UK; bill.noble{at}

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This is a diverse issue with a variety of content that will, I hope, be relevant to all kinds of clinicians working in supportive and palliative care services. I always enjoy choosing an image for the journal, but this time I feel I must apologies for the pastiche of an ECG trace that appears in the scientifically themed design that heralds our editorial by Irene Higginson on the state of research in our field. If such scientific or technical inaccuracy upsets you, I would welcome an email. We have lately experienced some difficulty in eliciting reviews for some papers and I would like to hear from you, particularly if you feel moved to join the ranks of our reviewers.

Irene Higginson's piece highlights the extent and need for research in supportive and palliative care, particularly in relation to healthcare policy. Evidence of shortfalls in provision …

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