Prompting conversations about serious illness wishes in the context of COVID-19

An updated COVID-19 Response Toolkit helps care teams have timely, meaningful conversations about what quality care and quality of life may mean to patients, especially to those at high risk of becoming very sick from the coronavirus. Developed by the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, the kit includes resources tailored for inpatient, outpatient and long-term care teams and health systems. Sample questions include: With all that’s going on, what are you most worried about? What abilities are so important to you that you can’t imagine living without them?

The toolkit also includes a guide for patients, developed in partnership with The Conversation Project. This prompts patients to think about what they would want if they became seriously ill and to talk with members of their family, others likely to support them through an illness, and their care teams. Many of the toolkit resources are also available in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole and Vietnamese.

>> Read or download the toolkit on Ariadne Lab’s website


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