Role of primary care providers in a pandemic - conflicting views and future opportunities

Isr J Health Policy Res. 2015 Nov 20;4:58. doi: 10.1186/s13584-015-0054-3. eCollection 2015.


In pandemic situations, primary care providers may be involved in a variety of roles related to disease surveillance, diagnosis and treatment, prevention, and patient education. This commentary describes the contextual factors that may influence primary care providers' perspectives on their pandemic roles and responsibilities. These factors include the natural evolution of the pandemic situation, with early uncertainty affecting decision-making and communication; the variation in typical practice patterns and clinical expertise across and within primary care providers; and the lack of representation of practicing primary care providers in pandemic planning and decision-making bodies.

Keywords: Pandemic influenza; Primary care; Public health.