Primary Care Docs Note Equipment Shortages, Worsening Patient Health Amid Pandemic

December 2, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 23, 2020

According to this article from Healthcare Dive, a majority of providers said patient health has noticeably worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic due to delayed or inaccessible care. A recent Larry A. Green Center and the Primary Care Collaborative survey notes 85% of physicians said they have also seen a significant deterioration in their patients’ mental health. “The amount of patients with mental health concerns right now is significant. There is great difficulty in helping them access behavioral health services,” said a physician who practices in Illinois.

The clinicians said they are also trying to manage their own problems, particularly with the supply chain. More than a quarter say they had inadequate access to COVID-19 testing while 14% say they lack appropriate personal protective equipment. While 23% say they have seen an increased demand for the current flu vaccine, 10% still have not been able to obtain any. And the lack of PPE has led 23% to say they feel unsafe at work.

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