Limited Series Features Conversations with Health Care Workers on the Front Lines of the Pandemic

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has launched a limited series podcast, "Breaking Point: Voices from the Front Lines of the Pandemic." Weekly episodes feature health care workers from across the country sharing eye-opening stories from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series aims to identify glimmers of hope and progress amidst the chaos, by sharing an unfiltered snapshot of this unprecedented moment in time and painting a picture of how we can chart a way forward.

The podcast is hosted by Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, director emerita and strategic medical advisor to CAPC, and Andrew Esch, MD, MBA, senior education advisor to CAPC. Guests represent health care workers from across the United States—from doctors, nurses, advance practice nurses, social workers, chaplains, and administration.

Palliative care clinicians have provided care to patients, families, and colleagues throughout the pandemic. This podcast allows space for these frontline workers to share reactions to their demanding work and coping strategies employed to help move forward.

Breaking Point complements CAPC's Wellness Debriefings sessions: informal, facilitated discussion-based (non-didactic) sessions where health care workers can share common reactions to their demanding work and coping strategies attendees feel can diminish the consequences of this stress.

"As palliative care physicians, we feel it is our responsibility to provide the same compassion, empathy, and communication skills to our colleagues as we have been to our patients all these years," said Dr. Andrew Esch. "We are in a unique position to give back in this moment; and that's why we have launched the podcast and debriefings. We encourage any health care worker to tune in or to join us in the debriefings. Let's help each other get through this moment in time and be better moving forward."

Breaking Point, the podcast, is available on all major podcast platforms, with new episodes released every Monday. To learn more about CAPC's Wellness Debriefings, register here.

About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Follow @CAPCpalliative.

To arrange an interview, please contact John Zoccola @ [email protected] or 267.664.2759

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