Partnerships to Care for Our Patients and Communities During COVID-19.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic forced not only rapid changes in how clinical care and educational programs are delivered but also challenged academic medical centers (AMCs) like never before. The pandemic made clear the need to have coordinated action based on shared data and shared resources to meet the needs of patients, learners, and communities. Family medicine departments across the country have been key partners in AMCs' responses. The Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) was involved in many aspects of Duke University's and Health System's responses, including leadership contributions in delivering employee health and student health services. The pandemic also surfaced the biological and social interactions that reveal underlying socioeconomic inequalities, for which family medicine has advocated since its inception. Key to success was the department's ability to integrate "horizontally" with the broader community, thereby accelerating the institution's response to the pandemic.

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Cited Authors

  • Viera, AJ; Barnett, J; Case, M; Epling, C; Halstater, B; Lyn, M; Martinez-Bianchi, V; Ragsdale, J; Railey, K; Said, K; Sawin, G; Spotts, H; Vaughn, J; Weigle, N; Michener, JL

Published Date

  • 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1003 - 1009

PubMed ID

  • 34535525

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-7118

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3122/jabfm.2021.05.210091


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States