Science table says Ontario needs new approach as COVID-19 burden set to fall on primary care – CBC

Unequal distribution of primary care access, major communication problems in province, table finds

Oct 03, 2022

The burden of COVID-19 going forward will sit on the shoulders of primary care doctors and nurses if no new variant emerges, but the way that medical care is delivered must be reconsidered, Ontario’s now-defunct science table said Monday in its final bit of advice to the province.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table released three briefs that focused on the response to the pandemic by family doctors and nurses.

It found patients who weren’t connected with a family doctor or medical team had worse health outcomes during the pandemic. It also found primary care teams better responded to the needs of patients than solo practitioners.

Other findings included unequal distribution of primary care access throughout the province, a dearth of data on that same care and major overall communication problems.

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