The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the need for worldwide research. Therefor we set up the PRICOV-19 study aiming to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organization of care in primary care practices, the efforts undertaken to ensure access to care for all patients, and the impact on the different dimensions of quality of care. Data are collected by means of an online survey sent to general practices.
The results will inform policy makers on which features of health systems and general practice organization need to be reinforced to prepare primary care systems across Europe against future pandemics. After all, increased attention to patient safety can limit the transmission not only of COVID-19, but also of other infectious diseases.
The PRICOV-19 study is carried out by an international network of partner institutes, in close collaboration with the European Association for Quality and Patient Safety in Primary Care (EQuiP), one of the WONCA networks. The study is coordinated by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care from Ghent University (Belgium). In each participating country one or more partner institutions are responsible for the data collection.
Research teams of 38 different countries are enrolled in this study. The participating countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldavia, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Turkey, and Ukraine.
* All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this project shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
|Austria||Medical University of Vienna|
|Catholic University of Louvain|
|University of Liège|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Medical School University of Tuzla|
|Bulgaria||Medical University Plovdiv|
|Croatia||University of Zagreb|
|Cyprus||University of Nicosia Medical School,International Institute for Compassionate Care|
|Czech Republic||Charles University|
|Denmark||University of Copenhagen|
|Estonia||Estonian Society of Family Doctors|
|Finland||University of Turku|
|University of Helsinki|
|France||Société de Formation Thérapeutique du Généraliste|
|Germany||GP Institute, University Hospital Erlangen|
|Greece||University of Ioannina|
|Iceland||University of Iceland|
|Ireland||Irish College of General Practitioners|
|Israel||Tel Aviv University|
|Italy||Dr. Ferdinando Petrazzuoli|
|Latvia||Riga Stradins University|
|Luxembourg||University of Luxembourg|
|Malta||Mediterranean Institute of Primary Care|
|Moldavia||Nicolae Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy|
|North Macedonia||Association of doctors for intersectoral collaboration ADICD|
|Norway||University of Oslo|
|Centre for Care Research West Norway|
|Poland||Jagiellonian University Medical College|
|Portugal||Universidade Nova de Lisboa|
|University of Porto|
|Romania||Spiru Haret University|
|Serbia||Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade|
|Serbian Association of General Practitioners|
|Slovenia||University of Ljubljana|
|Spain||University of Zaragoza|
|Consorci Castelldefels Agents Salut|
|Switzerland||University of Bern|
|The United Kingdom||Keele University|
|Marmara University School of Medicine|
|Ukraine||Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education|
The study has been approved for the EGPRN COVID-19 Grant Funding.
Please contact the Ghent University PRICOV-19 team: