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 POSITION STATEMENT
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3--7

Palliative care in coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: Position statement of the Indian association of palliative care


1 Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhaba National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Pediatric Palliative Care Consultant, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
4 Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India; Honorary Tutor, School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK; Palliative Care Consultant, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN), Singapore
5 Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhaba National Institute; Volunteer Counselor, Clinical Psychologist and CEO JASCAP, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
6 National Information Officer, Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), Guwahati, Assam, India
7 Nurse, National Faculty, Palliative Care, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
8 Palliative Care Consultant-BARC Hospital; Palliative care Consultant and Director-Quality Improvement Hub-India, National Cancer Grid, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhaba National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
9 Consultant, Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Oncology and RCC; Executive Member, Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society, Hyderabad, Telangana, India; Director, PAX India, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, Canada
10 Department of Psychiatry and Palliative Care, Believers Church Medical College Hospital, Tiruvalla; Clinical Director - Mehac Foundation, Kochi, Kerala, India
11 Palliative Care Unit, Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
12 Medical Officer and Program Director Academics, IPM, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
13 Honorary Palliative Care Consultant, Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka; National Coordinator, Palliative Care Programme of Christian Medical Association of India, New Delhi, India
14 Department of Palliative Medicine, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhaba National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; International Children's Palliative Care Network, South Africa, 21Past President, Indian Association of Palliative Care, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
15 Karunashraya, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
16 Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
17 Emeritus Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Chief Mentor, Karunashraya, Bangalore Hospice Trust, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
18 Commandant (Medical)/CMO(SG), CAPF's Composite Hospital, Border Security Force, Tekanpur, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
19 Department of Onco- Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Sushma Bhatnagar
Room No-242, 2nd Floor, Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_207_2

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The global pandemic involving severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus-2 has brought new challenges to clinical practice and care in the provision of palliative care. This position statement of the Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) represents the collective opinion of the experts chosen by the society and reports on the current situation based on recent scientific evidence. It purports to guide all health-care professionals caring for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients and recommends palliative care principles into government decisions and policies. The statement provides recommendations for palliative care for both adults and children with severe COVID-19 illness, cancer, and chronic end-stage organ impairment in the hospital, hospice, and home setting. Holistic care incorporating physical, psychological, social, and spiritual support for patients and their families together with recommendations on the rational use of personal protective equipment has been discussed in brief. Detailed information can be accessed freely from the website of the IAPC http://www.palliativecare.in/. We hope that this position statement will serve as a guiding light in these uncertain times.






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