• Check your implicit bias – see the Learning and education modules on understanding bias in health care.
  • Check your readiness to have the conversation.
  • Read through the patient’s notes, check if they have an advance care plan or advance directive and identify something that will help you quickly build rapport/whakawhanaungatanga with them.
  • Determine what future treatments may/may not be offered to them.
  • Determine the capacity of the patient to participate in the conversation.
  • Let the patient know that this is an important conversation about COVID-19 and the impact it will/might have on their health. Discuss what might be ahead and what things are most important to them.
  • Arrange, where possible, to have whānau nearby or on the phonecall.
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Last updated 26/03/2020