Primary care is facing a capacity crisis--can pandemic lessons help chart a path forward?

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Author: Diana Duong
Date: Nov. 7, 2022
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 194, Issue 43)
Publisher: CMA Impact Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 602 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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Primary care is facing an accelerating capacity crisis driven by worker shortages, a patchwork of delivery models, and inadequate data systems, according to Ontario's disbanded COVID-19 science table.

In a final series of briefs, the science table shared lessons learned during the pandemic and called for urgent action to strengthen the sector.

More than two years of ongoing COVID-19 response has challenged primary care capacity in Ontario for better and worse, said the advisory group.

Primary care clinicians have taken on new roles, including administering COVID-19 vaccines, educating patients and the public, and collaborating with hospitals and community groups to address health equity gaps while rapidly expanding virtual care.

However, "these new roles resulted in trade-offs, with non-COVID-19 care being deprioritized at times, and some care gaps have emerged as a result," the science table said.

In Ontario alone, more than 170 000 people lost access to their family doctors...

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