How a health system in New York City responded to the need for core palliative care skills during the height of the pandemic.

A special report published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine describes the rapid expansion and creation of new specialty palliative care services across a New York City health system, to meet demands of the COVID-19 surge in April 2020. The authors demonstrate how palliative care services can be titrated up quickly to meet the acute increase in hospitalized persons with serious illness due to COVID-19, and how these services adjusted with the changing needs across the health system.

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