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Vol 15, No 1 (2021)
Editorial
Published online: 2021-03-31
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Volunteering in palliative care during COVID-19 pandemic

Leszek Pawłowski, Wojciech Leppert
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2021.0009
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Palliat Med Pract 2021;15(1):5-6.

open access

Vol 15, No 1 (2021)
Editorial
Published online: 2021-03-31

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic significantly changed situation of volunteering in palliative care units all over the
world. The involvement of volunteers who formed and supported hospices and were involved in palliative
care provided to patients and families was significantly hampered. According to multicenter CovPall study
conducted in 2020 a total of 79% palliative care units explored significantly rarer utilized volunteers support.
In spite of difficult epidemiology situation in some palliative care units volunteers provided psycho-social
and spiritual support to patients after being training regarding rules of protection against being infected,
although with less frequency compared before pandemic.

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic significantly changed situation of volunteering in palliative care units all over the
world. The involvement of volunteers who formed and supported hospices and were involved in palliative
care provided to patients and families was significantly hampered. According to multicenter CovPall study
conducted in 2020 a total of 79% palliative care units explored significantly rarer utilized volunteers support.
In spite of difficult epidemiology situation in some palliative care units volunteers provided psycho-social
and spiritual support to patients after being training regarding rules of protection against being infected,
although with less frequency compared before pandemic.

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Keywords

COVID-19, hospice, palliative care, volunteering, volunteers

About this article
Title

Volunteering in palliative care during COVID-19 pandemic

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 15, No 1 (2021)

Article type

Editorial

Pages

5-6

Published online

2021-03-31

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2021.0009

Bibliographic record

Palliat Med Pract 2021;15(1):5-6.

Keywords

COVID-19
hospice
palliative care
volunteering
volunteers

Authors

Leszek Pawłowski
Wojciech Leppert

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