The boundaries of hope

core research   -   dialogues in clinical settings   -   ongoing collaborations

How are expectations described in end-of-life situations?

Can expectations change by the application of early palliative care therapies?

This line of research is being developed with Mario Luppi, Elena Bandieri, Leonardo Potenza, Eleonora Borelli and Vittorio Ganfi. This collaboration aims to analyze patients’ and caregivers’ narratives about their hopes and expectations when early palliative care is applied vs when it is not applied.

This collaboration has produced the following publications:


Bigi, S., Ganfi, V., Borelli, E., Potenza, L., Artioli, F., Eliardo, S., Mucciarini, C., Cottafavi, L., Cruciani, M., Cacciari, C., Odejide, O., Porro, C.A., Zimmermann, C., Efficace, F., Bruera, E., Luppi, M., Bandieri, E. (under review). Perceptions of hope among bereaved caregivers of cancer patients who received early palliative care: a content and lexicographic analysis. The Oncologist.


Borelli, E., Bigi, S., Potenza, L., Eliardo, S., Artioli, F., Mucciarini, C., Cottafavi, L., Cagossi, K., Razzini, G., Cruciani, M., Pietramaggiori, A., Fantuzzi, V., Lombardo, L., Ferrari, U., Ganfi, V., Lui, F., Odejide, O., Cacciari, C., Porro, C.A., Zimmermann, C., Efficace, F., Bruera, E., Luppi, M., Bandieri, E. (2021). Association between early palliative care and changes in cancer patients’ and caregivers’ disease perceptions: a qualitative and quantitative analysis. The Oncologist, 25, 1-14.


Borelli, E., Bigi, S., Potenza, L., Artioli, F., Eliardo, S., Mucciarini, C., Cagossi, K., Razzini, G., Pasqualini, A., Lui, F., Ferlazzo, F., Cruciani, M., Bruera, E., Efficace, F., Luppi, M., Cacciari, C., Porro, C.A., Bandieri, E. (2021). Different semantic and affective meaning of the words associated to physical and social pain in cancer patients on early palliative/supportive care and in healthy, pain-free individuals. PloS one, 16/3, e0248755.


Potenza, L., Luppi, M., Borelli, E., Bigi, S., & Bandieri, E. (2021). Education of early palliative care specialists among hematologists and oncologists to address patients’ rather than physicians’ rights. Annals of Hematology, 1-2.


Messerotti, A., Banchelli, F., Ferrari, S., Barbieri, E., Bettelli, F., Bandieri, E., Giusti, D., Catellani, H., Borelli, E., Colaci, E., Pioli, V., Morselli, M., Forghieri, F., Galeazzi, G.M., Marasca, R., Bigi, S., D’Amico, R., Martin, P., Efficace, F., Luppi, M., Potenza, L. (2020). Investigating the association between physicians’ self-efficacy regarding communication skills and risk of “burnout”. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 18/1.