Informationsplattform COVID-19 für die Primärversorgung: Entstehung und Entwicklung einer webbasierten Wissensplattform in der COVID-19 Pandemie

Translated title of the contribution: COVID-19 Information Platform for Primary Care: Emergence and Development of a Web-based Knowledge Platform in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maria Wendler, Patrick Erber, Johanna Dolcic, Johannes Oswald, Susanne Rabady

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The SARS-Cov-2 outbreak in the spring of 2020 challenged the health care system, and thus primary care, on an unprecedented scale. Knowledge about the new disease was low, whereas the dynamics of knowledge generation were high and inhomogeneous. A number of new primary care tasks related to the pandemic situation emerged. Guidance in the management of COVID-19 was therefore needed, although robust evidence was not yet available. The information required concerned not only the virus and the new disease COVID-19, but also regulatory requirements and organizational issues. In this situation, a flexible, web-based information tool, easy to update and usable at the point of care, was developed at Karl Landsteiner Private University Krems and put online under the name of "COVID-19: prevention and management in primary care practices" on March 25, 2020. In a retrospective process description, we describe the needs-triggered process of developing and disseminating a practice-based tool to support practicing primary care physicians in a period of high uncertainty with an urgent need for information. Afterwards, we reflect on the learning process from a purely pragmatic to an increasingly structured approach and try to draw conclusions regarding optimization possibilities in terms of creation and dissemination.

CONCLUSION AND OUTLOOK: In situations of high uncertainty combined with an acute need for action and decision-making, there is a significant need for information that is as reliable as possible. Science transfer must be done in such a way that information can be implemented quickly. Dissemination, as always, plays an essential role. Gaps must be accepted. A structured process of quality assurance must be established in parallel. Funds and resources for knowledge transfer should be included in future pandemic plans.

Translated title of the contributionCOVID-19 Information Platform for Primary Care: Emergence and Development of a Web-based Knowledge Platform in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)294-303
Number of pages10
JournalGesundheitswesen
Volume86
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2024

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