COVID Crisis Underscores Gaps in Serious Illness Workforce
Need for Palliative Care Education and Training Has Never Been Greater, Experts Say
By Larry Beresford
The COVID-19 crisis has underscored serious gaps in the U.S. healthcare system – among them, the nation’s shortage of hospice and palliative care specialists and the need for healthcare professionals in every setting to have some level of palliative care education and training, experts say.
The workforce issue was one of several topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted at a recent National Policy Forum hosted by the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care.
Speakers on the workforce panel discussion – “Caring for those with Serious Illness by Supporting Our Workforce During COVID-19 and Beyond” – pointed out that palliative care has been key to responding to the pandemic.