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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 56--57

Providing palliative home care during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in India

Dept of Palliative Care Field Services, CanSupport, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Reena Sharma
CanSupport, A 2, Second Floor, Gulmohar Park, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_148_20

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown in India affected all medical services including palliative care and most consultations were provided remotely through phone or video calls. During this period CanSupport also switched to tele-consultations for the safety of its patients and staff. Materials and Methods: Some patients still needed home visits so CanSupport developed need-based criteria in order to continue providing palliative homecare to those who suffered the most. Results: CanSupport's homecare teams visited 847 patients during the lockdown decided by the criteria developed. Majority of the visits were for supplying morphine and other medications followed by patients with severe pain and those requiring procedures. Conclusion: If guidelines and safety measures are followed, home visits are possible in the present environment.


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