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Humanity on the Frontlines of COVID-19 – Read Pierce, MD

June 22, 2020
Episode 32
Duration: 15:45

Read Pierce, MD, is a hospitalist at University of Colorado Medicine in Denver. In that role, he and his colleagues have been working directly to help patients with COVID-19 and their families. Dr. Pierce is also a founding member of the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare, where he works to advance systems, structures, and measurement that support thriving and well-being in healthcare.

In this episode, Dr. Pierce talks about the imperative clinicians feel to bring humanity to care during COVID-19, despite challenges to connection created by PPE, caseload, and restrictions on time spent with patients designed to limit infection risk. He also discusses the path forward toward recovery and thriving, which includes individual support, team- and leadership-based efforts to maximize positive emotions, and deeper changes in healthcare systems.

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