Mitigating Poor Bereavement Outcomes and Supporting Staff during COVID-19

This event was co-sponsored by Lab partner Transforming Chaplaincy

Many media outlets have written about the challenging aspects of the grieving process during COVID-19. These include deaths related to COVID and non-COVID-related deaths that have been impacted by restricted visitation policies in health care and by restrictions on gathering sizes, including funerals. While alternative rituals have been suggested, a gap in the conversation is evidence-based recommendations and resources. Watch chaplain-researcher Shelley Varner Perez as she interviewed palliative care researcher Dr. Lucy Selman from the UK about evidence-based resources to mitigate poor bereavement outcomes and to support staff. She offered recommendations before and after a patient’s death, as well as resources for advance care planning, communication via PPE, and supporting staff. These recommendations and resources address factors such as prolonged grief disorder, post-traumatic stress, and other poor bereavement outcomes among relatives, as well as moral injury and distress in frontline staff.

Check out this PowerPoint on  Mitigating Poor Bereavement Outcomes and Supporting Staff During COVID-19   here.

   Dr. Lucy Selman is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population Health Sciences. In 2019 she started a four-year NIHR Career Development Fellowship leading the OSCAR study (Optimising Staff-patient Communication in Advanced Renal disease). She also co-leads the University of Bristol Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group.