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Library Subject Guides

Health Sciences: Palliative Care

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Search the catalogue using the following subject keywords

Browse the shelves at these classifications

R 726 Ethical and moral aspects of terminal care
R 726.8 Terminal care
R 1000 Hospices
Terminal care. Paediatrics
RT Nursing. Terminal care.
HV 3000 Social work. Terminally ill


Supplementary classifications include

HQ 1073 Thanatology. Death. Dying (Social Sciences)
BD 443.8 Death. Dying. Philosophy
BJ 1469 Death. Dying. Ethics
BF 575 .G7 Grief. Bereavement. Separation

R classifications are shelved on level 3 of the Central Library. HQ is shelved in level 8 and the B’s are shelved on level 11.

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Palliative Care in the Library

On this page are Library resources specifically for palliative care. Use them in conjunction with the other resources on the Health Sciences Guide.

If you need help with using these resources please do not hesitate to contact Margaret Paterson, the Health Science librarian.

Key journals for Palliative Care

Below is a selective list of journals the Library has electronic access to. Always check the Library catalogue for complete holdings.

Note that the Library also has many other journals that may contain useful articles, e.g. Social Science & Medicine and Cancer.

A Library catalogue search using subject keyword pain treatment periodicals also retrieves a number of journals that may be useful.

Find journal articles

You can search within any of the journals listed above, or browse the table-of-contents of their issues.

To search across a range of journals, use the Health Sciences databases.

These databases index articles from the journals listed on this page, as well as many others:-

Medline (Ovid)


CINAHL    (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)   


Informit Health Collection 

The Cochrane Library has a number of systematic reviews covering aspects of Palliative Care.

Sociological Abstracts and Social Services Abstracts also cover palliative care articles.

CareSearch  Database of evidence based palliative care literature

Useful links


New Zealand Ministry of Health

National Assocation for Loss and Grief (NALAG)

National LPC Office - New Zealand

Hospice New Zealand 
Click on the Links tab for a list of useful web sites.

Knowledge and Skills Framework for Cancer Nurses (MoH, NZNO & CNC)

Palliative Care Council of New Zealand

Advance Care Planning (ACP)
Information for anyone wanting to talk about or plan for future health care and end of life care - whether if is for you, a loved one, or your patients

World Health Organization
Use the search box to search this site for palliative care reports.

ehospice international news on hospice, palliative, and end of life care

NHS End of Life Care

Policy documents

Review of adult palliative care services in New Zealand 2017

Palliative care action plan 2017

Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life 2015

New Zealand Cancer Plan: Better, faster cancer care 2015-2018

New Zealand Palliative Care Strategy

New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and action plan

Gap Analysis of Specialist Palliative Care in New Zealand

Hospice New Zealand Standards for palliative care: Quality review programme and guide 2012

A National Professional Development Framework for Palliative Care Nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand

Palliative Care in New Zealand

Whakatataka Tuarua: Maori Health Action Plan

End of Life Choice Bill

Other links

A Good Death  a video for patients (as well as their families and caregivers) with COPD

Midhurst Macmillan Community Specialist Palliative Care Service: Delivering end-of-life care in the community. A case study of a community-based, consultant-led, specialist palliative care service in a rural community in the south of England. The service covers approximately 150,000 people across three counties.

My Name is Jane

After Cicely A film about Asian Women in Palliative Care

TED talk by a hospice counsellor  "Rethinking the bucket list"

The Economist, Quality of Death Index 2015 Ranking palliative care across the world

Being Mortal (USA Public Broadcasting Service) Investigates the relationships doctors have with their dying patients