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Strengthening Palliative Care during the Covid-19 pandemics

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/Interface.200397

Keywords:

Palliative care, Covid-19, Health services

Abstract

Covid-19 (Coronavirus Disease) has brought great challenges. Apart from the economic and social impacts, the growing number of cases and deaths, the overburden in health services, and the vulnerability situation to which health workers are exposed have been causing great suffering. In this context, health services, their target population, and health workers can benefit from a Palliative Care approach. The objective of Palliative Care is to foster, prevent, and alleviate suffering; promote dignity; improve quality of life; and adapt to progressive disorders. Therefore, this article reflects on the challenges imposed by the pandemics and on the importance of Palliative Care at this difficult time, understanding the need for its adoption as a transversal approach to be included in all Healthcare Network Services and in health professional education.

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Posted

2020-10-13

Section

Health Sciences