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Saving lives by European solidarity and cooperation in response to COVID-19

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

By demonstrating solidarity in the ways that Member States cope with infectious disease outbreaks, Europe will provide an enduring example and a precedent for addressing future pandemics. However, solidarity must extend to vulnerable regions outside the European Union – particularly, but not necessarily limited to, low and middle income countries, and especially the most vulnerable within them. Pathogens do not respect national borders. COVID-19...

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Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care

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

What you need to know • Most patients with covid-19 can be managed remotely with advice on symptomatic management and self isolation • Although such consultations can be done by telephone in many cases, video provides additional visual cues and therapeutic presence • Breathlessness is a concerning symptom, though there is currently no validated tool for assessing it remotely • Safety-netting advice is crucial because some patients deteriorate...

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Rapid adaptation of a primary care team to respond to COVID-19

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

Primary care in Spain is considered a strong primary care system in Europe. One of the key elements is multidisciplinary primary care teams. Given the current circumstance, this set-up is challenged and primary care services need to be reorganised quickly to cope with an increased demand, keep care to most vulnerable, protect health professionals and deter the collapse of hospitals.  CASAP, the primary care team serving the population of Castell...

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Preventing COVID-19 outbreak in prisons: a challenging but essential task for authorities

PRIMORE PROJECT - Prison Health

The guidance provides useful information to staff and health care providers working in prisons, and to prison authorities. It explains how to prevent and address a potential disease outbreak and stresses important human rights elements that must be respected in the response to COVID-19 in prisons and other places of detention. Access to information and adequate health care provision, including for mental disorders, are essential aspects in preser...

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Ideas for good skills exams when we are in isolation mode?

PRIMORE PROJECT - Organization of PC

Both pharmacy and medicine @University of Bergen use an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) to test the skills of their students before they are given their authorization as health professionals. What are our colleagues in Europe doing with their exams - how can we test skills if we cannot bring the students together for an exam? 

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Interprofessional student assignments in Corona times

PRIMORE PROJECT - Interprofessional Primary Care Research

We usually let our interprofessional student groups meet patients in nursing homes and home care, and then they make a care plan for the patients. In these times it may be difficult to send the students out in groups of 5 to the patients. However, I think that the Corona-crisis brings with it many new challenges for primary care/the municipalities. Can anyone suggest challenges that it would be useful to have a group of 5 bright young students (i...

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Summary of corona measures in harm reduction facilities in Holland (March 20, 2020)

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

The following is based on responses received this week by the Harm Reduction Network (HRN) of the Trimbos Institute and Mainline. The HRN of Mondriaan, MDHG, AMOC / Regenboog, Parnassia Groep, Jellinek (Amsterdam, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Hilversum) and the GGD Amsterdam. Mainline received information from Brijder Haarlem, De Regenboog Groep, Veldwerk / HVO Querido, Diaconie, MDHG, Winter Shelter, Chairs project and bathhouse Amsterdam, Street lawyer...

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Fear can be more harmful than the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus

PRIMORE PROJECT - Mental Health in PC

The acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 outbreak is a global public health issue. Fear and stigma are growing due to misinformation and unfounded rumors. As a global community, we need solidarity instead of stigma to limit the spread of corona virus disease 2019. Open and transparent information on the outbreak to the global public, and administrative warning from authorities in every country are necessary to reduce fear and discrimination.

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Isolation because of Corona triggers psychological problems, such as panic disorder, anxiety and depression

PRIMORE PROJECT - Mental Health in PC

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic emerged in Wuhan, China, spread nationwide and then onto half a dozen other countries between December 2019 and early 2020. The implementation of unprecedented strict quarantine measures in China has kept a large number of people in isolation and affected many aspects of people’s lives. It has also triggered a wide variety of psychological problems, such as panic disorder, anxiety and depression. T...

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