Communicating with patients about serious illness is difficult under the best of circumstances. The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges that make these conversations even more difficult, but perhaps more important than ever, particularly for patients who are at highest risk of developing severe complications if they do become sick.
This course was created to engage patients in conversations that help them to understand the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health, to share their worries, values, and priorities, and to make informed decisions about future care. Clinicians play a critical role in helping patients understand the potential impact of COVID-19 on their health. They can also help ensure that people in their patient’s support system understand their values, priorities, and goals, and are prepared to make informed decisions should the patient be unable to make them independently.