PHC response in the management of pandemics

Former WONCA Presidents, Dr Donald Li, Prof Amanda Howe and WONCA Executive Member at Large, Dr Maria Pilar Astier Peña, shared their expertise in an article collected by the special issue on Healthcare Safety and Quality edited by Elservier  and published by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) Primary Care magazine.
The article Primary health care response in the management of pandemics: Learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic offers multiple points of view from three different countries (Hong Kong, UK, and Spain) about the reality of local systems addressing quality care and security, along the key lessons identified from primary care response in each region.
The authors agree on six fundamental points to reinforce the global response: 

1. Collaboration, communication and integration between Public Health and Patient Care Technicians (patient care technicians, PCT.)
2. The need to strengthen systems based on accessible Primary Care.
3. Define the role of Primary Care during a pandemic.
4. Protect health professionals and the community.
5. Offer consistent, coordinated and reliable information from the same source.
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.

The article is a comprehensive compendium of evidence and analysis closely related to the pandemic management in Hong Kong, the UK, and Spain, unveiling the main challenges Primary Care faced from a Patient Safety and Quality of Care perspective.

With information of semFYC. Read more here (Spanish)

Read the complete article here