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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1798-1800

Ensuring continuity of care by small family practices and clinics in the primary care setting during COVID 19 pandemic 2020 - A position paper by the Academy of Family Physicians of India

1 President, Academy of Family Physicians of India (AFPI), New Delhi, India
2 National Secretary, AFPI, Consultant Family Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital Shalimarbagh, New Delhi, India
3 Vice President, AFPI, CEO Spandana Healthcare, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Treasurer, AFPI, Consultant Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Lourdes Hospital, Kochi, Kerala, India
5 Executive, AFPI, Associate Professor, Deaprtment of Distance Education, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu India, Member National, India
6 Member National Executive, AFPI, Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Dr. Raman Kumar
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_620_20

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The world is passing through a global pandemic of COVID 19. The number of positive cases has crossed over twenty thousand as of April 2020. Like everyone else, it is indeed a very challenging situation for family physicians and primary care providers as most of the guidelines presently have focused on screening, quarantine, isolation, and hospital-based management. Limited information or clarity is available on running small private clinics during pandemic times. The key concern is professional obligation versus risks of community transmission. Family physicians see routine flu-like illnesses throughout the year with seasonal variation within their practices. This document is intended to develop consensus and standard practices for the family physicians and other primary care providers during the pandemic, ensuring optimal continuity of care. This document was reviewed by the national executive of the Academy of Family Physicians of India and approved for dissemination among members. However, due to the dynamic status of the pandemic, all practitioners are advised to closely follow the instructions, guidelines, and advisories of national, state and local health authorities as well.

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