Journal of Palliative Medicine

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Journal of Palliative Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD

ISSN: 1096-6218 • Online ISSN: 1557-7740 • Published Monthly

Current Volume: 21

Latest Impact Factor* is 2.230

*2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Aims & Scope

Sign up for Briefings in Palliative Medicine, the biweekly eNewsletter focused on the delivery of compassionate, effective patient care for those at the end of life or with intractable pain.

Featured Press Releases and Editorial Content

  • Include Patient's Bucket List in End-of-Life Care Conversations...Read More
  • Does Medicare/Medicaid Incentive Payment Affect Home Hospice Care in Last Week of Life?...Read More
  • Study Shows Significant Cost Savings With a Home-Based Palliative Care Program...Read More

Aims & Scope

Journal of Palliative Medicine is the premier peer-reviewed journal covering medical, psychosocial, policy, and legal issues in end-of-life care and relief of suffering for patients with intractable pain. The Journal presents essential information for professionals in hospice/palliative medicine, focusing on improving quality of life for patients and their families, and the latest developments in drug and non-drug treatments.  

The companion biweekly eNewsletter, Briefings in Palliative Medicine, delivers the latest breaking news and information to keep clinicians and health care providers continuously updated.  

Journal of Palliative Medicine coverage includes:

  • The latest medical advances in pain and symptom management
  • Evidence-based protocols
  • Model palliative care programs
  • Clinical case reports
  • Guidance for working with patients and their families
  • Psychological and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care
  • Roundtable discussions with leading experts in the field

Journal of Palliative Medicine is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospice and Palliative Medicine for OhioHealth and other leading investigators. View the entire editorial board.

Audience: Physicians and pediatricians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, pain medicine specialists, and hospice and nursing home staff, among others.

Society Affiliations

The Official Journal of
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Australian & New Zealand

Society of Palliative Medicine


Briefings in Palliative Medicine is the concise, up-to-date eNewsletter that focuses on the delivery of compassionate, effective patient care for those at the end of life or with intractable pain. More information about Briefings can be found at

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MEDLINE; PubMed; PubMed Central; Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine; Science Citation Index Expanded; Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition; International Pharmaceutical Abstracts; EMBASE/Excerpta Medica; Scopus; CINAHL® database; PsycINFO; AMED - Allied and Contemporary Medicine Database; British Nursing Index

The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.

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