Palliative Medicine Paper of the Year

Initiated in 2012, Palliative Medicine’s Paper of the Year Award is awarded to an outstanding paper published in the preceding year of the journal.




Judges: Luc Deliens, Caprice Knapp, Jane Gibbins, Catherine Walshe Nottelmann, L., Groenvold, M., Vejlgaard, T.B., Petersen, M.A. and Jensen, L.H., 2021. Early, integrated palliative rehabilitation improves quality of life of patients with newly diagnosed advanced cancer: The Pal-Rehab randomized controlled trial. Palliative Medicine, 35(7), pp.1344-1355



Judges: Lorna Fraser, Breffni Hannon and Melissa Bloomer, Catherine Walshe Practice review: Evidence-based and effective management of pain in patients with advanced cancer. Palliative Medicine 2020, Vol. 34(4) 444–453.




Judges: Josep Porta Sales, Joanna Coast, Jose Pereira, Catherine Walshe Ten Koppel M, Onwuteaka-Philipsen BD, Van den Block L, Deliens L, Gambassi G, Heymans MW, Kylänen M, Oosterveld-Vlug MG, Pasman HRW, Payne S, Smets T, Szczerbińska K, Twisk JW, van der Steen JT; PACE. Palliative care provision in long-term care facilities differs across Europe: Results of a cross-sectional study in six European countries (PACE). Palliat Med. 2019 Oct;33(9):1176-1188.




Judges: Jane Phillips, Jeroen Hasselaar, Gail Eva, Catherine Walshe Shulman C, Hudson BF, Low J, Hewett N, Daley J, Kennedy P, Davis S, Brophy N, Howard D, Vivat B, Stone P. End-of-life care for homeless people: a qualitative analysis exploring the challenges to access and provision of palliative care. Palliative medicine. 2018 Jan;32(1):36-45.



Judges: Sheila Payne, Karen Forbes, Catherine Walshe Sinclair S, Beamer K, Hack TF, McClement S, Raffin Bouchal S, Chochinov HM, Hagen NA. Sympathy, empathy, and compassion: A grounded theory study of palliative care patients’ understandings, experiences, and preferences. Palliative medicine. 2017 May;31(5):437-47



Judges: Robin Fainsinger, Samar Aoun, Irene Higginson, Catherine Walshe Lewis E, Cardona-Morrell M, Ong KY, Trankle SA, Hillman K. Evidence still insufficient that advance care documentation leads to engagement of healthcare professionals in end-of-life discussions: A systematic review. Palliative medicine. 2016 Oct;30(9):807-24.


Judges: Eduardo Bruera, Clare Gardiner, Catherine Walshe Round J, Jones L, Morris S. Estimating the cost of caring for people with cancer at the end of life: a modelling study. Palliative medicine. 2015 Dec;29(10):899-907



Judges: Derek Doyle, Franco Toscani, Judith Rietjens, Catherine Walshe Smith S, Brick A, O’Hara S, Normand C. Evidence on the cost and cost-effectiveness of palliative care: a literature review. Palliative medicine. 2014 Feb;28(2):130-50.



Judges: Sheila Payne, Caprice Knapp, Peter Hudson, Catherine Walshe Burns CM, Abernethy AP, Dal Grande E, Currow DC. Uncovering an invisible network of direct caregivers at the end of life: a population study. Palliative Medicine. 2013 Jul;27(7):608-15



Judges: Jose Pereira, Simon Noble, Catherine Walshe Galfin JM, Watkins ER, Harlow T. A brief guided self-help intervention for psychological distress in palliative care patients: A randomised controlled trial. Palliative medicine. 2012 Apr;26(3):197-205