Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus

J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Jul;60(1):e12-e14. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.03.019. Epub 2020 Mar 31.


Within weeks, COVID-19 has transformed our practice of palliative care and clinical medicine as we know it. Telemedicine has emerged as a critical technology to bring medical care to patients while attempting to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among patients, families, and clinicians. It is also increasingly necessary to preserve scarce resources like personal protective equipment. In this article, we share just-in-time tips to support palliative care clinicians and program leaders in providing the best care possible by telemedicine. These quick, practical tips cover telemedicine setup, patient considerations, and clinician considerations. Next steps include ensuring equitable access to affordable telemedicine technology for vulnerable populations through creative solutions and financing, and dedicated attention to telemedicine evaluation and quality improvement.

Keywords: COVID-19; Telemedicine; coronavirus; telehealth; video visits.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Coronavirus Infections / therapy
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / methods
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / therapy
  • Telemedicine / methods*