Palliative Care in a Pandemic

A Retrospective Review of the Impact of Early Palliative Care Consultation During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic

Rachel M. Sabolish, MSN; Jennifer M. Wilson, MS; Hollie K. Caldwell, PhD


Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 2022;24(1):50-56. 

In This Article


In a sample of COVID-19 PUIs from an acute care hospital, patients who received an early PC consult by APRNs were more likely to identify a decision-maker, change their goals of care, and require more resources at discharge. Study findings suggest that an early PC workflow should be implemented as a standard of care for patients during a pandemic. Further research could examine provider, patient, and family feedback on the perceived value of PC, as well as more information on the impact on cost savings. Early PC consults are crucial to provide whole-person care during an unprecedented time of high fear, anxiety, and isolation. It is our hope that every patient has access to high-quality PC not only in a pandemic but also anytime there is a need in their health care journey.