In partnership with The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.

The current COVID-19 pandemic represents a challenge for health systems around the world relating to the ethical dimension of care and to public health and policy choices. Palliative care ranks among the “protagonists” of health care dedicated to COVID-19 patients, although in many countries the need that emerged has not been fully satisfied and the benefits for patients have been below their real potential. Palliative care has proved to be essential in supporting the decision-making process in the triage phases, in guiding symptom management strategies, in communicating with patients and family members, in supporting the bereavement process, in providing spiritual care to patients and family members. The session will address the topic according to clinical ethics and public health and policy perspective.