Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio publishes new article outlining how hospital visitation policies can better respond with compassion during COVID-19

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Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio recently published an article in the American Journal of Critical Care outlining the ways hospital policies have neglected to support and protect the psychosocial needs of frontline health-care workers, patients and their families while providing palliative and end-of-life care.

Dr. Jones-Bonofiglio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing and Director of the Centre for Health Care Ethics.

“Consequently, the stage has been set for increased anxiety, moral distress, and moral injury and extreme moral hazard,” the article argues.

“A family-centered approach to care has been unilaterally relinquished to a secondary and nonessential role during the current crisis. This phenomenon violates a foundational public health principle, namely, to apply the least restrictive means to achieve good for the many.”

Called A Practical Approach to Hospital Visitation During a Pandemic: Responding With Compassion to Unjustified Restrictions, Dr. Jones-Bonofiglio wrote the article with Dr. Nico Nortjé (Texas), Dr. Laura Webster (Washington), and Dr. Daniel Garros (Alberta).

You can read the article here.