Internet resources relevant to Palliative Care (PC) and COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO)
Integrating palliative care and symptom relief into responses to humanitarian emergencies and crises: a WHO guide 2018

International/ regional PC professional associations
– Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network (APHN) Covid-19 Resources
– European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Coronavirus and the palliative care response
– International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Resources relevant to Palliative Care and COVID-19
– Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) WHPCA partner resources for COVID-19
– European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Introduction to the ESMO COVID-19 Palliative Care Pathways

National PC professional associations
Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care – Role of the specialty and guidance to aid care (22 March 2020) pdf file – this guidance covers areas including symptom control, discussions about goals of care and clinical decision making in respiratory failure.
– Centre to Advance Palliative Care, USA (CAPC) CAPC COVID-19 Response Resources
– National Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation, USA (NHPCO) COVID-19 Information
 eHospice, under NHPCO Free COVID-19 Shared Decision-Making Tool(19 March 2020)
 eHospice, under NHPCO Managing breathlessness in Covid-19 (25 March 2020)
– Palliative Care Australia COVID-19 Updates
Palliative Care Autralia Statement on COVID-19

Palliative care related publications with OPEN ACCESS
COVID-19 Collection. Journal of Pain and Symptom management
– BC Centre for Palliative Care Guidelines. Symptom management for adult patients with COVID-19 receiving end-of-life supportive care outside of the ICU (22 Mar 2020)
– Brooks SK, Webster RK, Smith LE, et al. The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. Lancet 2020; 395: 912-20.
– Nouvet, E., Sivaram, M., Bezanson, K. et al. Palliative care in humanitarian crises: a review of the literature . Int J Humanitarian Action 3, 5 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41018-018-0033-8
– Downar, James et al. Palliating a Pandemic: ‘‘All Patients Must Be Cared For’’  J Pain Symptom Manage 2010 Feb;39(2):291-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.11.241.
Coronavirus (COVID19). JAMA network
Palliative Care Considerations for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease under COVID-19 American College of Cardiology (ACC)

Featured Post

HKSPM Newsletter 2020 Issue 1 May

Newsletter of Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine
May 2020 Issue 1

Message from Editor-in-Chief

Palliative Care facing a pandemic
Dr. CHAN Kin Sang
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p2-3
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Report of the Ethics and Policies Subcommittee, HKSPM

On HKSPM’s response to the public consultation on “End-of-Life Care – Legislative Proposals on Advance Directives and Dying in Place”
Dr. LAM Wai Man
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p4-6
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Joint Annual Scientific Meeting HKSPM/ HKPNA 2019

Promotion of advance care planning in Taiwan
Dr Ying-wei Wang, MD, Dr PH
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p7-9
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Integrated Palliative Care for Haematology Cancer Patients – How Early is Early
KY Chan, CW Li, HY Au, CY Wong, KW Tsang, WL So, EY Tam
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p10-17
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Palliative Medicine Doctors’ Meeting

Suicide, Can It Be Avoided?
Dr. Tse Pui Ying, Rosa
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p18-23
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Palliative Medicine Grand Round

Palliative and Intensive care: opposite ends of the spectrum?
Dr Ip Hue Yan, Fiona
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p24-26
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Downs and Ups in a Patient with Prostate Cancer
Dr. Natarajan, Deepa, Dr. Lo S.K.,Raymond , Dr. Mok K.W., Alice
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p27-29
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16th Hong Kong Palliative Care Symposium

Free papers
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p30-34
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Education seminars and meetings/ Subcommittees and members, HKSPM 2019/2020
HKSPM Newsletter 2020 May Issue 1 p36
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Postponement of PMDM until further notice

Dear Members,

In view of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, the coming Palliative Medicine Doctors Meeting (PMDM) scheduled on 28/4/2020 in QEH would be further postponed until further notice. We shall announce in one month in advance if the PMDM are to be resumed.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,
NG Sheung Ching Jeffrey
Chairman
Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine

Postponement of PMDM and updated schedule of PMDM 2020

Dear Members,

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, the coming Palliative Medicine Doctors Meeting (PMDM) scheduled on 31/3/2020 in QEH would be postponed. The whole schedule in 2020 will be shifted later accordingly. Please kindly find the updated schedule of Palliative Medicine Doctors Meeting in 2020 in our website.
 
However, there is still an uncertainty if the next PMDM can be held on 28/4/2020. We shall confirm it in one month in advance so that there could be enough time for preparation by the presenting units.
 
Thank you very much for your understanding.
 
Yours faithfully,
NG Sheung Ching Jeffrey
Chairman
Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine

HKSPM Newsletter 2019 issue 2

Newsletter of Hong Kong Society of Palliative Medicine
Nov 2019 Issue 2

Message from Editor-in-Chief

Dr. CHAN Kin Sang
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p2-3
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Education Seminars & Meetings
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p3
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Annual Scientific Meeting HKSPM 2019
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p4
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Reports from International Palliative Care Conferences

A report of the 16th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care
“Global palliative care – shaping the future”
Dr LAM Wai Man
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p5-6
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The 13th Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Conference
“Bringing Hope to Those in Despair”
Dr KWOK Oi Ling Annie
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p7-8
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Palliative Medicine Doctors’ Meeting

De-prescribing in Palliative Care
Dr HO Chun Wing
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p9-13
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Antimicrobial therapy in end of life care – To give or not to give?
Dr LEUNG Kwok Cheung Alex
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p14-18
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The dilemma of decision-making for a mentally incapacitated person
Dr FOK Juliana
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p19-22
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Dilemmas on anti-cancer treatment decisions at the end-of-life
Dr CHAN Chiu Yan Alvita
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p23-27
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Palliative care for patients with brain metastases
Dr. CHIK Jeannie YK, Dr. LEUNG Carmen WL, Dr. WONG Kam Hung
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p28-33
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Palliative Medicine Grand Round

Use of ketamine in refractory cancer pain
Dr AU Rose GE
HKSPM Newsletter 2019 Nov Issue 2 p34-36
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