COVID-19, suffering and palliative care: A review

Beng, Tan Seng and Kim, Carol Lai Cheng and Shee, Chai Chee and Ching, Diana Ng Leh and Liang, Tan Jiunn and Kumar, Mehul Kumar Narendra and Guan, Ng Chong and Lim, Poh Khuen and Lam Loong, Chee Loong and Chin, Loh Ee and Zainuddin, Sheriza Izwa and Capelle, David Paul and Munn, Ang Chui and Yen, Lim Kah and Isahak, Nik Nathasha Hani Nik (2022) COVID-19, suffering and palliative care: A review. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 39 (8). pp. 986-995. ISSN 1049-9091, DOI

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According 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, which are (1) good symptom control, (2) open and sensitive communication, and (3) caring for the whole team. The pandemic has brought immense suffering, fear and death to people everywhere. The knowledge, skills and experiences from palliative care could be used to relieve the suffering of COVID-19 patients.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Suffering; Palliative care; Symptom control; Communication; Team care
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2023 04:59
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 04:59

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