The COVID-19 crisis may seriously affect the experience of death and dying of patients, relatives and health care professionals. Whereas the COVID-19 epidemic will probably continue for months or even years and is unlikely to be the last epidemic in the world, we need to try to learn from people’s experiences now. The aim of the current study is to support clinical practice in finding the right balance between ensuring that care is safe and addressing major public health interests on the one hand, and providing care that is humane and addressing the needs of dying patients and their relatives on the other.
The outcome of this project contributes to supporting clinical practice in striking the right balance between ensuring that care is safe and addressing major public health concerns. And it contributes to providing humane care and meeting the needs of dying patients and their relatives.