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Volume 2022 Number 1
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094

Abstract

: The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we deliver primary health care services for good. The need to protect staff and patients from the spread of infection while still providing essential healthcare services to the public was challenging but ignited innovations to facilitate healthcare delivery. International research supports the action of containing the spread of a virus by limiting the number of people co-located, if possible1. The implementation of telephone and video consultations started in March 2020 in Qatar, within 4 weeks of COVID-19 being detected in the community, to support patient safety and provide primary health care services. : Qatar's Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) implemented telephone consultations at 27 health care centers across general and specialty services to meet patients’ demands. Video consultations swiftly followed within an inbound community call center and 10 health care centers for general medicine, dental, and ophthalmology services. The latter then expanded to include, dermatology, and physiotherapy services. : Patients quickly adapted to attending telephone consultations as they understood the safety aspects of staying home unless a face-to-face consultation was absolutely necessary. The implementation of telephone and video consultations within PHCC has been successful as over 1,000,000 telephone consultations and more than 2,000 video consultations have been completed in one year. At the climax of the pandemic (around June 2020) approximately 50% of consultations were held virtually (Table 1: Telephone consultations versus in-person visits from April to July 2020). : The implementation of telephone and video consultation services within PHCC, imposed by the pandemic, changed the way to connect and deliver services to patients. As the pandemic continues, this offers an alternative to face-to-face visits and is widely accepted by the public as a model of care delivery. The use of telephone and video consultations are widely implemented across the globe and both patients and clinicians have adapted well to such new ways of working2,3.

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Keyword(s): COVID-19Patient SafetyPrimary health care and Telephone consultations

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