Palliative Care Resources for COVID-19

Resources for people and health care professionals related to the COVID 19 pandemic

Practical advice for preparing for COVID-19

COVID-19 testing

  • California Dept. of Public Health, COVID-19:  California has partnered with Verily’s Project Baseline to launch a community COVID-19 testing program to expand screening and testing for high-risk individuals in certain areas of the state.
  • Santa Clara County is now offering FREE COVID 19 testing to all, symptomatic or asymptomatic.   To get tested, residents have to be 18 years of age or older and electronically sign a COVID-19 public health authorization form and lab consent. They also need to schedule an appointment onlineDoes not require insurance, a doctor's note, and does not affect immigration status. 
  • Stanford Health Care Patients:  Please contact your doctor or health care team, and they will tell you if testing is appropriate. If so, they will collect a sample from you and submit it to the SHC clinical lab.  All testing should be directed by your doctor and care team.


Mental and emotional health resources

Presenter:  Dr. Keri Brenner,  MD, MPA, Psychiatrist, Palliative Care Physician, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford Univ.  School of Medicine

Panelists:  Dr. Danielle Chammas, MD, UCSF Palliative Care & Psychiatrist, and Dr. Mariana Schmajuk, MD, Psychiatrist, Stanford Psychiatry


Flattening the Curve of Distress:  How to be a Catalyst of Calm in COVID-19 

Addressing the Anxiety Pandemic During COVID-19

While we are all aware of the current medical pandemic, we also are in the middle of a less visible pandemic of uncertainty, anxiety and distress.  Join us as Keri O. Brenner, MD, MPA, a palliative care physician and psychiatrist at Stanford, provides practical ideas and tips for coping with worry, separation, helplessness and loss during this pandemic.  This webinar focuses on how to be a catalyst of calm during coronavirus.

Dr. Brenner’s expertise on the psychological aspects of coping with serious illness will illuminate ways we can stay connected with our authentic selves and most important relationships during this stressful time of uncertainty. 

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Caregiver resources


Caregiving During COVID 19


Amy Yotopoulos, MHA, MS Program Manager, Caregiver Center and Charisee Lee, J.D., Senior Consultant, Caregiver Center

Caregiving During COVID 19

At this webinar, we will be talking about ways to:

  • Encourage and foster connection
  • Recognize and focus on what we can control
  • Learn and practice ways to cope 
  • And who to contact with questions


The Stanford Caregiver Center is here for you.  You are not alone.  Visit us at:

Resources to plan for future health care (advance care planning)

  • The Conversation Project is an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. It is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. This site provides guidance about thinking about what matters most to you and how to talk to both your family and your doctor about your wishes.
  • PREPARE For Your Care is an engaging, evidence-based step-by-step program with video stories to help you understand and complete your advance health care directive. This site provides an advance directive for every state and in many languages

NOTE: Patients of Stanford Health Care can upload their advance health care planning documents directly into MyHealth by following the steps outlined in the document below.

A note on notary services during COVID 19:

Notary services were always considered essential businesses during COVID-19, and therefore are open.  Notaries must abide by all federal, state and local guidelines and maintain appropriate safety precautions during COVID-19.  As more states move into phases 2 and 3, notaries continue to be available.  Many notaries can be found within UPS, Postal Annex, and E-Z Mail stores as well, which are essential businesses and are open to walk-in or to set up an appointment to get advance health care directives notarized.  Mobile notary services may also be available in your area.


Advance Care Planning:  Being Prepared in the Event of a Serious Illness

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have found themselves wondering about the type of health care they would want if they were to become seriously ill.

Considering these questions can be difficult. However, taking time to consider the type of care you would want if you were to become seriously ill or unable to make medical decisions can help you and your loved ones be more prepared.

In this webinar, Dr. Grant Smith, discusses: advance care planning, choosing someone to make health care decisions for you if you were unable to do so, completing an Advance Directive, and special considerations for COVID-19. Dr. Winnie Teuteberg joins to help answer questions about what advance health care planning can look like during COVID-19.

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Stanford resources

  • Stanford Medicine COVID-19 Website: This is Stanford Medicine's website that provides official announcements and information about Stanford Medicine's response to COVID-19. Stanford Medicine represents the Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health. This site includes patient-facing information about symptoms of coronavirus, guidance about getting tested, and other helpful information about Stanford's response.
  • Stanford Health Care COVID-19 Website: This website provides information for patients of Stanford Health Care, including how to get clinical care at Stanford, information for providers, and FAQs about coronavirus.
  • Stanford Health Library's Self-Care Website: This website provides an connections to many ways to help care for yourself. From information about COVID-19 to free entertainment, fitness apps, nutrition advice, and more.

Public health resources


Resources for Health Care Professionals

  • Stanford COVID-19 ICU Task Force Guidelines: This Stanford-based website has the updated guidelines from the Stanford COVID-19 Critical Care Task Force. Guidelines include information about clinical management, PPE guidelines, and clinical trials.
  • Stanford Serious Illness Care Program:  A quality improvement program to enhance advance health care planning at Stanford Medicine.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Serious Illness Care Program has developed downloadable tools to address evolving clinical needs within the context of the crisis.  
  • Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC): Provides a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources ranging from symptom management guidelines to communication tips. This has been one of the definitive "go-to" references for palliative care providers.
  • VitalTalk: A comprehensive communication skills guide for essential communication skills during COVID-19. This includes communication tips in the event of altered standards of care as well as some of the unique difficult situations that could arise with COVID-19.
  • Ariadne Labs Serious Illness Communication Project: Provides a communication toolkit including a COVID-19 communication guide, recommendations for telehealth communication, and a tool for making recommendations in the outpatient setting.
  • Respecting Choices: Provides guides for advance care planning for providers including proactive conversations with outpatients.
  • GeriPal Blog/Podcast:  A podcast and blog that has been providing insights into how palliative care program can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A May 2020 podcast also provides mental health resources and hotlines for clinicians and frontline providers.

Therapeutic presence in COVID-19: podcast with Stanford's Dr. Keri Brenner