Special Issue "Primary Health Care: Challenges and Recommendations during a Pandemic"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 6200
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically confronted the world with a worrying global fragility: we are not prepared enough to manage pandemics. To improve the global response to the current and future threats, national pandemic plans should be integrated into a comprehensive strategy and driven by a multidisciplinary approach. Furthermore, they should be flexible enough to be updated according to the latest available data, collected through effective, homogeneous, and connected epidemiological surveillance systems. A primary goal they must pursue is to protect the health care workers and to avoid the health system saturation. In such modern and effective pandemic plans, primary health care (PHC) plays the key role in the frontline of the whole response system and carries out multiple tasks including:
- To provide early diagnoses (to contain the virus spread) even through video consultations where feasible;
- To manage mild cases mitigating pressure on the hospitals;
- To be involved in activities of contact tracing, in the epidemiological surveillance system, and in the vaccination campaigns;
- To provide up-to-date information to population about the disease and the related prevention measures;
- To assure continuity of treatments to patients with chronic conditions;
- To learn by daily experience.
What COVID-19 pandemic taught us is that the stronger the PHC is, the more resilient the health system. A successful pandemic plan must rely on a solid PHC.
Research problem considered in this Special Issue:
Sharing the successes and failures PHC has experienced around the world could help health institutions to better prepare for the future. This thematic Special Issue aims to collect the acquired pandemic experience by health professionals in all fields of the PHC. We encourage (without limiting to) submissions of papers about:
- The impact of COVID-19 on the national PHC highlighting the stress points (burnout and stress among workers; structural and infrastructural lacks; disruption and delays in out-patient visits: obstetric care, chronic diseases and palliative care; discomforts of nurses working outside of hospitals; etc.) to be strengthened;
- The adopted protocols and polices involving the PHC (awareness campaign; PHC as triage; role of PHC in Surveillance; role of PHC in vaccine campaigns; integration of PHC and Public Health; etc.) ;
- The innovative experiences (new models in primary care; measures of service quality; telehealth; hospital at home; virtual hospital; etc.) that may drive the PHC evolution.
By sharing your valuable contribution with us, you will help to raise awareness of the central role of PHC in future Health Systems.
Dr. Pierpaolo Ferrante
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- primary health care
- Healthcare resilience
- out-patient visits
- obstetric care
- chronic diseases
- palliative care
- prevention measures
- epidemiological Surveillance
- awareness campaign
- vaccine campaign
- integrated Public Health system
- video consultations
- hospital at home
- virtual hospital
- primary care models
- measures of service quality