17 December 2020

Intensive and palliative COVID-19 care by GPs relieved hospitals

Dutch GPs provided intensive and palliative care outside the hospital to a large number of older and vulnerable COVID-19 patients. This way, they inadvertently contributed to preventing hospitals from becoming overloaded. The most frequently cited reasons for not referring patients to hospital were patient's wish and somatic frailty. The results of the study carried out by the Consortium for General Practice Research, and led by Jochen Cals (RL Optimising Patient Care), were published in the Dutch Journal of Medicine (NTvG) and also featured on the front page of NRC Handelsblad.