Episode 113: How can we strengthen pandemic responses in primary care? Lessons from the Covid pandemic


In this episode, we talk to Maria Mathews, who is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Western University in Canada.

Title of paper: Strengthening the integration of primary care in pandemic response plans: A qualitative interview study of Canadian family physicians

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Previous pandemic plans have largely overlooked the important role of primary care in a pandemic response. The COVID19 pandemic presents a novel opportunity to examine the key roles family physicians play during a pandemic, and sheds light on existing barriers and supports. Findings from this study highlight the need for greater incorporation of primary care in the development of strengthened pandemic plans.

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