Ontario patients did not turn to ERs in place of in-person doctor visits, study found – CTV

Jan. 23, 2023

Ontario patients did not turn to emergency departments as a substitute for in-person visits with their family doctor during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has found.

The research, released by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) on Monday, looked at records from 7,936 family physicians and family health organizations between April 2020 and March 2021.

“We did not find evidence that enrolled patients substituted emergency department visits because of less availability of in-person care,” Dr. Jasmin Kantarevic, the OMA’s chief economist, wrote in the study.

“This finding is important given concerns about virtual care adversely affecting quality of care, leading to calls to substantially reduce care delivered virtually.”

Read more: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-patients-did-not-turn-to-ers-in-place-of-in-person-doctor-visits-study-found-1.6241364

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