End of Life During the COVID19 Pandemic - Highlighting the role of a dedicated Palliative care Social worker during this time of crisis.
End of Life During the COVID19 Pandemic - Highlighting the role of a dedicated Palliative care Social worker during this time of crisis. J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2020 Oct 08;:1-6 Authors: Tenorio AC, Johnson C, Grudier S PMID: 33030122 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Sep 16:10499091211046233. doi: 10.1177/10499091211046233. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTAccording to the WHO guideline, palliative care is an integral component of COVID-19 management. The relief of physical symptoms and the provision of psychosocial support should be practiced by all healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. In this review, we aim to provide a simple outline on COVID-19, suffering in COVID-19, and the role of palliative care in COVID-19. We also introduce 3 principles of palliative care that can serve as a guide for all healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients, w...
CONCLUSION: COVID-19 increased the vulnerabilities of professionals and patients, impacting professional decisions and conduct more widely than important values such as the restriction of freedom. It propelled the population in general to rethink ethical and bioethical values regarding life and death, interfering in decisions about them, supported by human dignity.PMID:34524354 | DOI:10.1590/1983-1447.2021.20200172
CONCLUSION: Telemedicine is a good modality for the assessment of chronic pain and providing symptomatic supportive care in patients with cancer in the COIVD-19 pandemic.PMID:34511801 | PMC:PMC8428884 | DOI:10.25259/IJPC_45_21
This article shares a timely resource for health systems and nursing administration that leverages the nurse coaching process to support bereaved staff in a safe and therapeutic environment.
This article answers the following questions: (1) How did residents receiving hospice care have their needs met during the COVID-19 pandemic? (2) What areas of nursing home care need to be improved through governmental policy and restructuring? This article also summarized the lessons learned as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided practical implications for nursing, specific to changes in hospice care deliveries for nursing home residents.
CONCLUSION: COVID-19 exacerbated burnout experienced by palliative care teams, yet the use of coping behaviors (devaluation/avoidance) and external resources (coworker and supervisor support) utilized by these teams were found to have positive effects. Further research should investigate these antagonizing factors to help preventing and addressing burn out during times of crises and in the everyday of palliative care teams.PMID:34496668 | DOI:10.1177/10499091211045612
CONCLUSIONS: During this time of crisis and uncertainty with limited resources and strained communication, time to first goals of care conversation was shorter than in pre-pandemic studies, but rates of foregoing resuscitation remained similar, with no differences observed by race, ethnicity, or language. This study suggests that early palliative care involvement and non-traditional communications, including videoconferencing, to facilitate goals of care conversations could have mitigated potential disparities in end-of-life decision making patterns during the pandemic.PMID:34479453 | DOI:10.1177/02692163211022622
CONCLUSIONS: Chaplains reported that COVID-19 challenges contributed to greater social isolation, and mental health concerns for patients, families, and healthcare staff, and substantially changed the way healthcare chaplains provided spiritual care. With evolving healthcare contexts, developing safer, more creative modes of spiritual care delivery while offering systematic support for chaplains can help meet the increasing psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients, families, and healthcare team members.PMID:34479451 | DOI:10.1177/02692163211043373
By DEBORAH AFEZOLLI, CARL-PHILIPPE ROUSSEAU, HELEN FERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH LINDENBERGER “Why did you choose this field?” Most physicians are asked this question at some point in their early careers. We are geriatrics and palliative medicine physicians, so when that question is posed to us, it is invariably followed by another: “Isn’t your job depressing?” No, our job is not depressing. We are trained in the care of older adults and those with serious illness, and we find this work very rewarding. What truly depresses us is how many vulnerable patients died during the pandemic, and how...
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2021 Aug 31:10499091211042854. doi: 10.1177/10499091211042854. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTThe arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic to hospitals in New York City stressed our emergency departments (ED) with high patient volume, stresses on hospital resources and the arrival of numerous high acuity, critically ill patients. Amid this time, we sought to leverage the ED Information Systems (EDIS), to assist in connecting critically ill patients, their families, and providers in the ED with palliative care resources. We discuss 4 innovative, thoughtful solutions to assist ED providers in identifying and a...