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  1. Jason W Boland1,2
  1. 1Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  2. 2Care Plus Group and St Andrew's Hospice, Grimsby, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jason Boland; Jason.Boland{at}

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In this secondary qualitative analysis, the experiences of relatives in the hospital during the patient's end of life care were explored. Relatives' comments and answers to 10 open questions on the quality of dying in a general university hospital in the Netherlands were used. A total of 451 questionnaires were returned and analysed from 951 sent to relatives of deceased adult patients. If relatives of a dying person feel acknowledged by staff they reported a better experience. Relatives should be well communicated with, involved in decisions, allowed to have rest and given privacy.

The bereavement experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans* people who have lost a partner: a systematic review, thematic synthesis and modelling of the literature

▸ Bristowe K, Marshall S, Harding R. Palliat Med 2016;30:730–44.

This systematic review evaluated the evidence of the bereavement experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans people who have lost a partner. There were 13 unique studies identified which included 555 individuals. Loss of the primary relationship, with grief, pain and struggling, is a universal experience, regardless of sexual or …

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