Researching Virtual Modalities such as Telehealth during COVID-19

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Pediatric E-Journal Issue #63 featuring Coastal Kids Home Care.



Use of Telehealth for Pediatric Palliative Care and Counseling during COVID-19 p. 31

Ruth Shapiro, LCSW

This author explains how, under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, one pediatric program adapted its palliative care and counseling services by incorporating telehealth to a much greater degree than previously employed. She notes, “It is possible this shift will last much longer than the current pandemic,” and concludes, “When it comes to the very special world of palliative care and mental health…we can combine the benefits of Telehealth while also promoting in-person visits to maintain the quality of care that comes from seeing a patient’s facial expression or completing a physical examination. During this unique time, we have discovered that there is space for both in quality medical and mental health care.”

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