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UMCG and Nivel start research into GP-care during corona pandemic

22 July 2020

​Together with the Nivel Institute, Radboud UMC and Maastricht UMC, the UMCG will investigate general practitioner care during the corona pandemic. By gaining knowledge about this, the impact of the corona pandemic can be better understood and GP care may be better organized. ZonMW has made a subsidy of € 500,000 available for this research.

Since the start of the corona pandemic, a lot has happened in healthcare, including in general practice. Many necessary changes have been made to the organization of general practice care. The number of people who used their general practitioner or the out-of-hours GP-post has fallen sharply in some regions, while other regions general practitioners were faced with a high burden on patients with COVIVD-19 complaints.

Project leader Dr Lilian Peters of the UMCG wants to find out what can be learned from the way in which these challenges were addressed and solved? How did the patients experience this and did they get good access to (general practitioner) care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The researchers make use of data from general practices and general practitioners and use interviews and questionnaires to check the experiences of patients and general practitioners. The researchers also want to know whether much use has been made of Thuisarts.nl. The research focuses on specific (vulnerable) patient groups, including children, pregnant women and the elderly.

The research is a collaboration of various UMCs and the Nivel, in which the academic GP networks, Zorgbelang Groningen and Stichting Sterk uit Armoede en Sociale Uitsluiting will also work together.

The study lasts two years.