The Coronavirus disease is leading to great challenges in delivering high quality end-of-life care to patients with and without COVID-19. The following resources have been created or supplied to Advance Care Planning in Canada by Canadian Health Care Professionals.
This COVID-19 Resource page contains downloads and links to other Internet sites. No information on this page has been verified for accuracy, nor has it been endorsed or approved by Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and/or Advance Care Planning in Canada.
While all CHPCA, ACP in Canada and Speak Up materials are produced in English and French, the materials being shared on this page may not be available in both official languages. We apologize for any inconvenience.
ONTARIO MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Here’s what you can do To help doctors during the COVID-19 Pandemic
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE | PALLIATIVE CARE
Guide for Serious Illness Conversations with High Risk COVID-19 Patients
English Only Download
Tools for COVID-19 Conversations with Patients/SDMS
AHS CLINICAL ETHICS SERVICE
R Goals of Care Designations during Pandemic Conditions
Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program
COVID-19 Advance Care Planning: A guide for caregivers of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patients
English Only Download
INNER CITY HEALTH ASSOCIATES
PEACH COVID-19 Palliative Care Resources for Physicians and Frontline Workers
DR. AMY TAN’S ACP RESOURCE
How to talk about Advance Care Planning in the COVID-19 Context
ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES
Planning Ahead with Vulnerable Patients During Covid-19: A Conversation Tool for Clinicians
Intended use: Continuing Care, Home Care, Ambulatory Care, Family practice to plan with vulnerable adults ahead of COVID infection.
Streamlined Goals of Care Designation decision-making for COVID 19
Intended use: Emergency room, in-patients and other locations when GCD determination must be made rapidly.
COVID-ready communication skills: A playbook of VitalTalk Tips
Intended use: All healthcare providers to prepare and help feel more comfortable with communication under stressful times.
FRASER HEALTH AUTHORITY
British Columbia, Canada
We would like to share our Advance Care Planning resources during this critical and uncertain time. In anticipation of challenging times ahead due to COVID-19, it is important that we have conversations with our patients in advance of medical emergencies. Research tells us that patients and families want health care providers to initiate these conversations with them and that these discussions lessen anxiety and decrease unwanted and clinically non-beneficial interventions. Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Serious Illness Conversations, which clarify goals of care and decision-making in terms of COVID-19, are especially important for high-risk patients.These materials are intended to support clinicians to start or continue these conversations, and are specific to our situation right now in Fraser Health. Some of the language is broad and exploratory in nature. As resources change or if criteria for access to critical care are established, new materials will be developed to assist you further.
- Health care Provider Serious Illness Resources (Adapted Guide and Mini Clinician Reference Guide)
- Patient and Family Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness Resources
Should you require more support around these conversations in Fraser Health, please call 1-877-TALK-034 (1-877-825-5034) or email FHAdvanceCarePlanning@fraserhealth.ca The FH Advance Care Planning Team can help with consultative support.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
Dr. Sachin J. Shah’s Curated COVID-19 Papers