Project
Start
September 2020

The quality and safety in primary care at the time of COVID-19 (PriCov-19)

Duration: Sep 2020 - Dec 2023

Background
Primary care plays a key role during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it is often the first point of contact for potentially infected patients. Due to the pandemic, GP practices are facing unprecedented structural and organizational challenges in patient safety and the delivery of quality care, especially for vulnerable patients. These challenges relate not only to safe care for vulnerable patients with possible COVID symptoms, but also to avoiding collateral damage from the pandemic in patients who need frequent follow-up for medical or social reasons, patients who are afraid to undergo the necessary seeking medical help due to disinformation, or patients who already experience difficulties accessing care under normal circumstances.

Aims
- studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organization of care in (primary) general practices and on the different dimensions of quality of care
- provide insight into the efforts of primary care, in particular general practices, to ensure access and quality care for all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
- provide insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in the roles of practitioners
- exploring the measures that GP practices take to ensure the well-being of staff

Method
A cross-sectional study in multiple countries is being conducted using an online primary care/general practice questionnaire. (Ghent University and approximately 40 national partners across Europe).

Results
- two national publications; one on key outcomes and one on caring for vulnerable patients
- an international article on frontline job changes during the pandemic (lead authorship)
- participation in the writing of other international articles.
In this project we work together with
Universiteit Gent en circa 40 nationale partners verspreid over Europa