Palliative Care Physician Confronts Pandemic with Information, Perspective
C-TAC’s Dr. Brad Stuart Shares Thoughts on COVID-19, Intrinsic Hope
By Larry Beresford
When COVID-19 began to spread across the United States four months ago, hospice and palliative care pioneer Brad Stuart, MD, retreated to his home in Forestville in Sonoma County, Calif., and started studying the virus online.
Stuart was eager to read everything he could about how to slow the spread of disease and minimize the risk of infection. He planned to share what he learned with a group of long-time friends who, like him, are around 70 years old and thus at higher risk for COVID complications.
Soon, however, Stuart, who is Chief Medical Officer for the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), was sharing his thoughts with a wider audience. He created a lively and informative blog, Coronavirus and COVID-19 News & Views, and updated it regularly, summarizing new studies and offering reflections on the country’s COVID-19 response.
Inevitably, threads of palliative care became part of the conversation. Treatment for COVID-19 is all about managing symptoms and the ongoing crisis has underscored the importance of palliative care across settings and disciplines.