COVID-Response: Palliative Care Resources

To contribute toward health care professional preparedness during this pandemic, Pallium is collaborating with partners and subject matter experts from across Canada to create and compile COVID-19 and palliative care resources.


Pallium, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., hosted a series of webinars focused on topics that are relevant to health care teams leading the response to COVID-19. All webinar recordings, PowerPoint slides, and additional resources can be found below.
PPE in the Home
End-of-Life Care in the ED for Patients Imminently Dying of a Transmissible Acute Respiratory Infection (such as COVID-19)
Managing Dyspnea in Patients with COVID-19
Shortage of Palliative Medications during COVID-19: Options
Reorganizing Palliative Care Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Palliative Approach to Care in the Coronavirus Pandemic
Role of Grief and Bereavement in the Care of Health Care Providers and their Families during COVID-19
Palliative Approach to Care in Long-Term Care during COVID-19
Providing Virtual Palliative Care
Essential Conversations: Utilizing Advance Care Planning and Serious Illness Tools During COVID-19 and Throughout the Patient Journey
The Psychological Impact of COVID on Health Care Professionals
Approche palliative et personnes âgées en milieu hospitalier dans le contexte du Covid 19 (in French)
The State of Palliative Care in Hospitals: Insights from the COVID Pandemic
Palliative Care in the Home: Lessons From COVID
Childcare and Caregiving during COVID: Challenges for Palliative Care Health Care Workers
Trauma Informed Palliative Care
Shortage of Palliative Care Medications during COVID-19 – Part 2
Exploring Trauma Informed Palliative Care for Populations Experiencing Structural Vulnerability
Clinical Protocols: What Real Cases Have Taught Us
L’impact de la COVID-19 sur les soins palliatifs au Québec (in French)
Les soins palliatifs et la COVID en CHSLD (in French)
Prendre en charge l’insuffisance cardiaque sévère à domicile en pandémie (in French)
Télémédecine en soins palliatifs en temps de pandémie (in French)
Prendre en charge l’insuffisance rénale à domicile en pandémie (in French)
Organisation des soins médicaux à domicile en dehors des acronymes : SAD, SIAD, SAD aigu (in French)
Les derniers jours : sédation et soulagement des symptômes (in French)
Prendre en charge l’insuffisance hépatique à domicile en pandémie (in French)
Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Discussions: Getting us all on the same page (plus practical tips!)
7 Keys to Delivering Palliative Care Upstream: What we Learned From 1,000 Patients and Families

Additional COVID-related palliative care resources

Pallium, in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), is providing access to two COVID-specific palliative care modules for all health care professionals in response to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module A and Palliative Care for COVID Illness – Module B are available for free to all health care professionals either as a recorded webinar or in PowerPoint format. The modules are self-directed and completed at your own pace. Access these modules by logging in to Pallium Central and clicking on the COVID-19 palliative care resources icon.

The Canadian Palliative Care (CPC) Exchange supports interactive, online national dialogue between health care professionals across Canada regarding the most relevant COVID-related topics in palliative care. The CPC Exchange is a professional learning site, moderated by members of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and open to all health care professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, and pharmacists. There is no cost to participate.

Join the CPC Exchange now to:

  • Ask questions about palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Share your experiences
  • Teach and learn with colleagues from across Canada

Join now:

Pallium, in collaboration with several health care professionals from across Canada, has created a guide to managing potential palliative care medication shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the guide now.

Pallium has partnered with physicians in British Columbia to help develop a video to support conversations around advance care planning during the pandemic. This video is intended as a clinical resource that health care providers can use with patients and their families to initiate a talk about advance care planning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the video now.

Pallium has compiled a list of additional COVID-19 related resources, such as symptom management protocols and discussion guides, that have been developed by others (e.g. Fraser Health, McMaster University) and we’ll continue to add to the list as we become aware of them. Access these resources by logging into Pallium Central and clicking on the COVID-19 palliative care resources icon.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our partners have responded by compiling a series of tools and resources for health care teams across Canada.

  • Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians – CSPCP has a recorded webinar about providing palliative care in the time of COVID-19.
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice – CVH has compiled a list of tools and resources that is continuously updated and includes information related to symptom management, communication, free online learning, and more.
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – CFPC has centralized its resources and information for family physicians and patients on COVID, including webinars, podcasts, and blogs.
  • McMaster University, Division of Palliative Care – The Division of Palliative Care has compiled a list of COVID-19 resources for health care professionals including podcasts, protocols, and guidelines.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – To support health care professionals who are providing high quality patient care during the pandemic, the Royal College has compiled evidence-based information and resources about COVID-19.

This Impact Report provides a snapshot of the achievements that have been made to support frontline health care providers working in urban, rural, and remote communities and connect them to vital COVID-19 palliative care education to help equip them to navigate these unprecedented health care circumstances. Read the report now.

Additional resources for health care providers, teams, and workplaces

A practical, peer-reviewed, and fully referenced one-stop resource that is intended to support safe, ethical, effective, and accountable palliative clinical service. The Pocketbook is a practical, interprofessional just-in-time clinical resource that can be referenced in a health care professional’s daily practice. Purchase the hard copy or e-book now.

If you are looking for more information beyond the resources provided on this page,  consider registering for LEAP Core (online), a facilitated online learning program that consists of self-directed, interactive modules and facilitated webinars. LEAP Core (online) provides an in-depth learning experience on essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. Learn more about LEAP Core (online) now.

Recent events demonstrate that it is more important than ever to have a strong and compassionate workplace culture. We know that employers and employees across Canada are heavily impacted by coronavirus and looking for help to support individuals who may be struggling as a caregiver, grieving the loss of a friend or loved one, or currently dealing with a serious illness. With this in mind, Pallium has launched the Compassionate Workplace Campaign ahead of schedule. This is an opportunity to participate in the Compassionate Workplace Campaign now and take an early leadership role in this important movement in Canada. The campaign includes access to practical resources you can easily implement virtually to support your organization and your people through this difficult time. Contact Bonnie Tompkins to learn more about the campaign and how it can support you and your team.
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