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Management and patient safety of complex elderly patients in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK-Qualitative assessment.

Alboksmaty A, Kumar S, Parekh R, et al. PLoS One. 2021;16(3):e0248387.

Older adults, especially older adults with multimorbidities, are at increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. General practitioners (GPs) in the UK were interviewed about how COVID-19 policies affected care of older adult patients with multimorbidities in their practices. Five major themes emerged: changes in primary care, involvement of GPs in policy making, communication and coordination, worries and stressors, and suggestions for improvement across the first four themes. COVID-19 policies have provided opportunities to continue providing safe healthcare for older adults with medical complexities, but they also highlight possible areas for improvement.