How to Talk About COVID-19 and Your Patients Wishes Regarding Serious Illness Care

Updated May 18, 2020 | By CAPC Staff

Dr. Diane E. Meier tells The Institute for Healthcare Improvement how clinicians can discuss advance care planning with patients and their families

Many clinicians are anxious about having advance care planning discussions with their older or seriously ill patients at the best of times. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, care providers may be even more reluctant to talk about what matters most to patients should they become seriously ill (with COVID-19 or any other illness), worried that they will add to their fears. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement asked CAPC Director Dr. Diane E. Meier for tips on how clinicians can discuss advance care planning with patients and their families.

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