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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 76--80

To Study the barriers in palliative care to nonmalignant cases in COVID-19 crisis in a tertiary health-care center

1 Department of Anesthesiology, LN Medical College and JK Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Department of Anesthesiology and Unit Head Pain and Palliative Care, LN Medical College and JK Hospital, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Dr. Roopesh Jain
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPC.IJPC_164_20

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Introduction: COVID-19, the new pandemic faced by the world, is a novel betacoronavirus causing severe respiratory coronavirus syndrome. Elderly patients, people with underlying chronic illnesses, cancer patients, and those who are immunocompromised are at higher risk and account for higher mortality rate. Unfortunately, there is no approved medication for treatment, till date, thereby supporting triage management and difficult decision-making. Thus, there should be a substantial increase in the palliative care in times of pandemic. There should be an increase in the availability of palliative care services in different care settings. Due to a surge in the number of cases of COVID-19, it has been reported on how palliative care is being delayed, discontinued, or deprioritized. Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the barriers occurring in providing the palliative care to the patients with nonmalignant illness. Methodology: A questionnaire was designed after studying previous work over palliative care and pandemic crisis and was distributed among the physicians, surgeons, and the residents; a total of 95 health-care workers were involved. The survey was done through mails. The response then was evaluated and analyzed. Results: As seen by the responses we got from the health-care workers, the main issue is the nonavailability of the personal protective equipment during this pandemic. Keeping the current scenario in mind, regarding COVID-19, the patients are at fear of coming to the hospital at first place, and even if they come then the fear of being alone haunts them. One of the biggest fears of the patient is dying alone, without being in contact with their loved ones. Conclusion: Palliative care should be an essential part of any health-care service in any humanitarian crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, effort should be made to remove the barriers and provide palliative care to the patient.


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