In this episode we are joined by Remco Tuijt who is a PhD candidate in the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London
Paper: Remote primary care consultations for people living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic: experiences of people living with dementia and their carers
Available at: https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2020.1094
Primary care consultations in the United Kingdom have shifted towards remote methods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This qualitative study explores the experiences of and attitudes towards remote consultation through thematic analysis of interviews with people living with dementia and their carers. COVID-19 related check-up calls were found reassuring, albeit somewhat lacking in practical recommendations. Avoidance of healthcare services was reported for numerous reasons, including COVID-19 risk as well as relieving the strain on the NHS. However, when individuals did have remote consultations, these were mostly by telephone and commonly managed by the carer. Primary care professionals engaging with people living with dementia and their carers may need to make extra effort to ensure the efficacy of remote healthcare consultations with patients living with dementia and their carers.