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Newsletter — PO News — Psiconcologia.

The frist issue of PO News — Psiconcologia, edited by Riccardo Torta and Antonio Mussa, has been published (CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Rome). The newsletter has the aims to favour the exchange and cooperation between clinicians and researchers in the filed of care of cancer patients and their families. PO news will have special issues on multidisciplinary topics, information about congresses, book review and short communicatiuons on clinical and experimental problems. The newletter is free of charge. For further information: Dipartimento Neuroscienze e Oncologia, tel +39-011-6334200; info@gruppocic.it ; sito web: http://www.gruppocic.it

New Journal Palliative and Supportive Care, Cambridge University Press

A new journal, called Palliative & Supportive Care, will be published beginning in 2003 with William Breitbart as editor and Harvey Max Chochinov, M.D., Ph.D. and David Kissane, M.D., as co-editors. This journal will be published quarterly by Cambridge University Press and will be available in both print and online forms.

Palliative & Supportive Care is an international journal of palliative medicine that focuses on the psychiatric, psychosocial, spiritual, existential, ethical, and philosophical aspects of palliative care. The journal’s aim is to serve as an educational resource for practitioners from a wide array of disciplines engaged in the delivery of care to those with life threatening illnesses along the entire continuum of care from diagnosis to the end of life.

Original, peer-reviewed papers cover psychiatric disorders and their management in the palliative care setting, including but not limited to depression, delirium, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bereavement. Evolving constructs of particular relevance to the interface of psychiatry/psychology and palliative medicine, such as demoralization, meaning, dignity, hopelessness, will to live, suffering, and developmental growth at the end of life are a major focus of this journal. Research focusing on these issues, including epidemiology, diagnostic screening, assessment, management, and intervention drug and psychotherapy trials, are also addressed. In addition, the journal provides a forum for the discussion of psychosocial and sociocultural matters such as caregiver burden, health care provider burnout, counseling interventions, the impact of psychosocial factors related to intervention of pain and physical symptom control, and communication issues.

Palliative & Supportive Care recognizes that spiritual, existential, philosophical, and ethical issues are essential elements of supportive and end of life care. The journal therefore includes dialogue on such topics as spiritual assessment and interventions, death with dignity, the role of religion and faith, euthanasia and assisted suicide, surrogate decision-making, art and music therapies, palliative care and the humanities, and the personal reflections of healthcare providers, patients, and families.

The scope of the journal is broad and relates to all aspects of palliative medicine that do not directly or exclusively deal with the administration of palliative care or hospice services, or with the primary management of pain and physical symptoms in palliative care. Palliative & Supportive Care will be the "Care" journal of palliative medicine; the journal whose mission is to expand the scope of the concept of adequate palliative care beyond pain and physical symptom control, to include the psychiatric, psychosocial, existential and spiritual domains of care.

Papers will be accepted for the following types of articles: Original research, Reviews Essays/personal reflections, Brief Reports. In addition, Palliative & Supportive Care will include editorials, letters to the editor, book and media reviews, and a calendar of upcoming events.


New Journal Health and Quality of Life Outcome, Cambridge University Press, Biomed Central

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes is a new open-access online journal (free full-text articles in the public domain) published by BioMed Central. The Journal is included in PubMed and indexed in Medline, with rapid peer review and immediate publication. Copyright to the article is held by the Author(s). This formula (in particular, public domain access) could overcome some barriers as regards clinical researchers' needs to find scientific documents on the Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Assessment and the outcomes improvement. The Editorial Board of the Journal is composed of international experts in the area of HRQOL assessment. BioMed Central is a strong, well organized publishing group with 60 biomedical Journals. The Editor is Marcello Tamburini, PhD, Chief of the Psychology Unit, National Cancer Institute, Milan.

For more information:

Health and Quality of Life Outcomes http://www.hqlo.com/start.asp

Editorial Board & Sections http://www.qlmed.org/HQLO/board/

Characteristic of Health and Quality of Life Outcomes http://www.qlmed.org/HQLO/caractheristic.html

Instruction for the Authors http://www.hqlo.com/info/instructions/default.asp

Electronic submission system http://www.hqlo.com/manuscript/

Reasons to publish in BioMed Central's journals http://www.qlmed.org/HQLO/Reasons.htm

HQLO brochure http://www.qlmed.org/HQLO/brochure.pdf

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