“This is the time for solidarity”:Chinese GPs` experience sharing on Covid-19 control and prevention

FMCH editorial office

Since March 2020, the Covid-19 outbreak has become a multi-centre global pandemic, and its epicentre has moved to Europe. Currently, the confirmed cases have surpassed over 200,000 worldwide. The strong negative impact it has on people’s health, on the society, from personal to a national level according to the Engel Model is significant. In addition, the recent cross-regional and cross-continent migration of residents of different countries in attempts to find a safe haven demonstrates this epidemic is truly becoming a worldwide threat.

China’s national intervention strategy is a positive case that demonstrates the successful containment and development of the outbreak. However, some details of this intervention need to be illustrated clearly, such as:

  • as the key intermediary link between public health policy and individual prevention, how was the community-level control and prevention implemented in China during the past two months?
  • what role have Chinese GPs played in fighting against the outbreak?

Even though there may be varying context in different countries and regions, sharing the Chinese GPs` experience will provide a valuable reference for primary care researchers, practitioners and policy-makers worldwide in their fight against the outbreak.

Professor Donald Kwok Tung Li, President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) and Professor Shanzhu Zhu, the Chairlady of Cross-Straits Medicine Exchange Association – Committee of General Practice wrote this timely commentary and published it on Family Medicine and Community Health, to share the Chinese GPs` experiences in fighting against the Novel Coronavirus Crisis to share with International colleagues.

 

Article information:

Title: Contributions and challenges of general practitioners in China fighting against the novel coronavirus crisis

Link: https://fmch.bmj.com/content/8/2/e000361

Reference: Li DKT, Zhu S. Contributions and challenges of general practitioners in China fighting against the novel coronavirus crisis. Family Medicine and Community Health 2020;8:e000361. DOI: 10.1136/fmch-2020-000361

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