How Initial Policy Responses to COVID-19 Contributed to Shaping Dying at Home Preferences and Care Provision: Key Informant Perspectives from Canada

In a recent study by Cherba (2023) and colleagues, the impact of COVID-19 policies on palliative care in Canada were explored. Interviews were conducted with 29 experts in the field and revealed three common themes. First, the pandemic policies increased the desire for patients to follow their end-of-life treatments from home, yet the healthcare system struggled to support them. Second, families and friends became crucial caregivers for these patients creating a dependence and underlining some inequities. The third challenge was found in implementing the policies. The study demonstrates the importance of recognizing the role of caregivers, addressing healthcare inequities, and integrating responsive and inclusive end-of-life care for palliative patients.  Read more…



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