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COVID-19 Extraordinary Call for Proposals launched: 600,000 EUR for projects in fields of healthcare, education & MSMEs

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - General

As a response to the unprecedented pandemic caused by COVID-19, the Central European Initiative has launched an Extraordinary Call for Proposals 2020 to promptly support its Member States (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine). Three areas of intervention:  ·                Healthcare and telemedicin...

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On behalf of Maria van den Muisenbergh: Effects COVID-19 pandemia for disadvantaged groups

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - Netherlands

In Primary Care, we face many specific challenges concerning the poor and socially excluded groups, underpinning the social determinants of health and ethical issues concerning the right to health for all.  = lack of understandable information (at Pharos, Dutch centre of expertise on health disparities) we developed and tested with groups involved easy to understand information materials in Dutch, English, Arabic, Tigrina (see https://www.pharos...

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Collateral damage due to COVID-19 response

PRIMORE PROJECT - Organization of PC

Dear colleagues, at the moment all health systems are in COVID-19 mode, trying to stay functional. However, in Austria, we have an increasing number of reports regarding hazardous illness episodes and even premature death in primary care, caused by delay or inappropriate care IN NOT COVID-19 related cases. This is due to many factors, e.g. referral restrictions, reduced availability of specialist (especially radiology), absence of therapists, t...

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Regional coordination and bottom-up response of general practitioners in Belgium and the Netherlands - Impressions from the field

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - Belgium

Belgium also has a central public health authority (Sciensano) that similarly developed national protocols, but it does not have decentralized preventive health services to support at operational level. Implementation of the protocol at the initial stage left to the health care workers, who had to include case detection, reporting and patient care in their routine services. In the absence of regional leadership, many GPs continued their primary t...

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Regional coordination and bottom-up response of general practitioners in Belgium and the Netherlands - Impressions from the field

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - Netherlands

The financing system of health care providers also influences the flexibility of health care workers to reorganize patient flow and take up new emergency duties. The gatekeeping role of the first line and the largely capitation-based funding of primary care in the Netherlands enabled regional organization, in collaboration with existing decentralized public health services.

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WHO report: COVID-19: Operational guidance for maintaining essential health services during an outbreak

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - General

When health systems are overwhelmed, both direct mortality from an outbreak and indirect mortality from vaccine-preventable and treatable conditions increase dramatically. Countries will need to make difficult decisions to balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while simultaneously engaging in strategic planning and coordinated action to maintain essential health service delivery, mitigating the risk of system collapse. This docu...

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Are high-performing health systems resilient against the COVID-19 epidemic? The Lancet VOLUME 395, ISSUE 10227, P848-850, MARCH 14, 2020

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - General

Three important lessons have emerged.  The first is that integration of services in the health system and across other sectors amplifies the ability to absorb and adapt to shock. The second is that the spread of fake news and misinformation constitutes a major unresolved challenge.  Finally, the trust of patients, health-care professionals, and society as a whole in government is of paramount importance for meeting health crises.

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Primary care Covid-19

Impact of EFPC - Working Groups

One thought i had is about the current Sars-Covid2 causing Covid19. In primary care certainly where i work prior to this crisis, there is ( in London Uk) a capacity problem with our primary care service  being engorged by minor ailments, and perceived emergency . This is causing delay in addressing and seeing patients with long term conditions . The example is that currently the UK  government is writing to some patients and asking primary care t...

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PGEU (Community Pharmacists) COVID-19 Information Hub

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - General

European community pharmacists are in the frontline in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and they are doing everything in their power to support their patients, including in areas currently in lockdown. This pages provides insights in the roles and commitments of community pharmacists in the fight against COVID-19 and gives an overview of useful international and national resources for community pharmacists.

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Austria: COVID-19 (I)

Primary Care & The Corona Pandemic: Stories From Your Countries - Austria

Date: 27th of March 2020 (14.00 pm) Date of 1st positive tested case: 25th February 2020 1st COVID-19 related death: 12th of March 2020 Current number of performed tests: 35.995 (26th of March 2020) Current number positive tested cases: 6.962 Current number of hospitalized cases: 672 Current number of ICU cases: around 128 Current number of deaths: 58   Policy for primary care By 16th of March 2020 the Austrian government declared a mod...

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