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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

Here you will find Library and other sources 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 contact Margaret Paterson, the Health Science librarian.

Useful links

New Zealand 

Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., &  Tarena, E. (2022). Ao mai te rā: The anti-racism kaupapa: Stage one literature review. University of Canterbury. 

Te Ipu Aronui A website focusing on Māori end of life experiences. Short films showcasing whānau care of kaumātua as they approach death serve as a key focal point. The site is a response to concerns that Māori are losing knowledge of traditional end of life caregiving tikanga (customs). It is an outcome of the Health Research Council funded study, Pae Herenga. Led by Dr Tess Moeke-Maxwell (Ngāi Tai ki Tamaki & Ngāti Porou), the project was initiated by the Kāhui Kaumātua of the Te Ārai Palliative Care and End of Life Research Group at the School of Nursing, University of Auckland.

What is it like to die? Hospice New Zealand video discusses the physical act of dying

Maxim Institute. Discussion paper ending well: The urgent case for accessible palliative care

Hospice New Zealand 

New Zealand Ministry of Health

About the Assisted Dying Service

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

Palliative Care Council of New Zealand

Mauri Mate: A Maori palliative care framework for hospices

He Pūrongo Mate Pukupuku o Aotearoa 2020, The State of Cancer in New Zealand 2020

New Zealand Cancer Action Plan 2019-2029 Revised January 2020

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

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

Palliative Care resources from the Ministry of Health

Whakatataka Tuarua: Maori Health Action Plan 2006- 2011

End of Life Choice Bill


National Association for Loss and Grief (NALAG)

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

Other links

Dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial Kathyrn Mannix Event Series video

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

Find journal articles

You can search within any of the journals listed below, 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 enter search terms into the palliative care search box above

CINAHL    (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)   


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

CareSearch  Database of evidence based palliative care literature

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.