Coronavirus Crisis Drives Demand for Palliative Care

Specialists known as palliative-care clinicians say they are working 16-hour days in the weeks since the pandemic crisis began to ease suffering and ensure treatments match patients’ goals in areas hit hard by the virus. Palliative-care providers are also rushing to get practice scripts, role-playing videos and information cards to doctors and nurses to help guide their conversations with people seriously ill from the virus. More than 79% of hospitals with 50 or more beds have a team devoted to palliative medicine, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which trains clinicians, and the National Palliative Care Research Center. But there has long been a shortage of palliative specialists, and the coronavirus crisis is further stretching resources in hot spots such as New York, California and Washington state.

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