Webinar March 30, 2020:

"UW Medicine COVID-19 Experience" - Webinar Video Recording

and Slides from Webinar


Scarce resource card/plan for the inpatient palliative care response for our system.
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Some relevant UW Medicine policies and procedures



Additional audio, videos and articles of interest:


Dr. Owens on NPR Covid-19 news:

December 14, 2020, Dr. Darell Owens, clinical assistant professor, is quoted from NPR's Health News: “How Do We Grieve 300,000 Lives Lost?” , "There are things that we can do to still make a difference", sharing his experience.

Dr. Owens was also in an interview on NPR, April 30, 2020

Coronavirus Disrupts Hard Decisions About End-Of-Life Treatment


Dr. J. Randall Curtis, CPCCE director was featured on the PBS Newshour: Brief but Spectacular Take:

One doctor's experience working in the ICU during the pandemic


Drs. J. Randall Curtis & Margaret Isaac in the Washington Post:

This 8 minute video documents one family’s experience losing a loved one to COVID-19. Several shared elements of the COVID-19 crisis as experienced by patients, families and members of the healthcare team are discussed.


Dr. Darrell Owens in USA Today:

This article shares vignettes about the lives of health care providers and community members in cities across America most affected by COVID-19. The article Includes is an infographic that demonstrates the scale of lives lost during this crisis compared to other national tragedies.


Rev. Katherine GrayBuck in the New York Times:

This poignant piece documents the efforts of spiritual care providers across Puget Sound to maintain space for sacred traditions despite significant barriers.



Essential Clinical Skills for High-Acuity Care – This module presents pandemic-ready palliative care approaches and resources for all clinicians.

Developed by Dr. Margaret Isaac of UW Medicine Palliative Care


Native American Patient Care Resources, created by collaboration between the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, University of New Mexico Hospital, and the Gallup Indian Medical Center.



“The Type of Intensive Care Unit Matters: Variations in Palliative Care for Critically Ill Patients with Chronic, Life-Limiting Illness”; Joshua D. Lee, Ann L. Jennerich, Ruth A. Engelberg, Lois Downey, J. Randall Curtis, and Nita Khandelwal

Published Online:6 Nov 2020


A View from the Frontline: Palliative and Ethical Considerations of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Donald R. Sullivan, MD, MA, MCR and J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH;


a Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2020.0426


Proactive Integration of Geriatrics and Palliative Care Principles Into Practice for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Anand S. Iyer, MD, MSPH1,2; J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH3,4; Diane E. Meier, MD5,6;

JAMA Intern Med. Published online April 27, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1088


Development and Implementation of a Clinician-facing Prognostic Communication Tool for Patients with COVID-19 and Critical Illness; Lindsay M. Gibbon, MD, Katherine E. GrayBuck, Mdiv, Laura I. Buck, MD, Kuang-Ning Huang, MD, MPH, Neela L. Penumarthy MD, MAS, Shirou Wu, MD, J. Randall Curtis MD, MPH


Online Module Builds Skills for Internal Medicine Interns in Responding to Emotions During Complex Serious Illness Conversations; Lindsay M. Gibbon, MD, Caroline J. Hurd, MD, Susan E. Merel, MD;

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Available online 8 May 2020)


Advance Directives for Dementia Can Elicit Preferences to Improve Patient Care; Susan E. Merel MD & Barak Gaster MD;

Journal of  the American Geriatrics Society


Creating an Inpatient Palliative Care Response Plan for COVID-19  (Fausto J, et al, J Pain Sympt Manage 2020, in press).


The Importance of Addressing Advance Care Planning and Decisions About Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders During Novel Coronavirus  (Curtis/Kross/Stapleton; JAMA 2020; Epub 3-27-20)


Creating a Palliative Care Inpatient Response Plan for COVID-19 -The UW Medicine Experience

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.


Advance Care Planning Resources



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