The American Journal of Nursing, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, produced a bimonthly series on palliative nursing, beginning in May 2002 and ending with the November 2004 issue.
The series, edited by Betty Ferrell and Nessa Coyle, two of the leading experts in the field, featured case studies that described current research and best practices in pain and symptom management, psychological and ethical challenges, grief and bereavement, cultural challenges and more.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.
American Journal of Nursing published 16 articles on palliative nursing care from May 2002 through November 2004; it also published two editorials, at the start and at the conclusion of the series.
By the end of the contract, 11,489 nurses had completed continuing education tests, with two-thirds of them completing the tests online.
Project staff, with help from an outside consultant, conducted four readership surveys during the grant period (in May 2002, September 2002, March 2003 and April 2004) of between 1,000 and 1,500 subscribers each time.
By the fourth survey, 55 percent of respondents said they had changed how they approach palliative care because of the series, and 87 percent wanted the journal to publish more articles on the topic.