Palliative care in coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Position statement of the Indian association of palliative care

Anuja Damani, Arunangshu Ghoshal, Krithika Rao, Pankaj Singhai, Spandana Rayala, Seema Rao, K. V. Ganpathy, Nisha Krishnadasan, Lt Verginia, Nandini Vallath, Gayatri Palat, Chitra Venkateshwaran, Jenifer Jeba, Lulu Matthews, Stanley MacAden, Mary Muckaden, Srinagesh Simha, Naveen Salins, Jeremy Johnson, Savita ButolaSushma Bhatnagar

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The global pandemic involving severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 has brought new challenges to clinical practice and care in the provision of palliative care. This position statement of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) represents the collective opinion of the experts chosen by the society and reports on the current situation based on recent scientific evidence. It purports to guide all health-care professionals caring for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients and recommends palliative care principles into government decisions and policies. The statement provides recommendations for palliative care for both adults and children with severe COVID-19 illness, cancer, and chronic end-stage organ impairment in the hospital, hospice, and home setting. Holistic care incorporating physical, psychological, social, and spiritual support for patients and their families together with recommendations on the rational use of personal protective equipment has been discussed in brief. Detailed information can be accessed freely from the website of the IAPC We hope that this position statement will serve as a guiding light in these uncertain times.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S3-S7
JournalIndian Journal of Palliative Care
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 06-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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