Information for physicians reopening offices

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 62 , No. 6 , July August 2020 , Pages 210 News COVID-19

Written by physicians, The Doctor Is In: Recommendations for Expanding In-person Care in Community-based Physician Practices, compiles official guidelines for opening community-based physician offices in a one-stop source of information. The document also provides insights and templates to help family physicians and specialists with community practices effectively implement changes resulting from the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. It covers topics such as:

  • What to think about before expanding in-person care.
  • Preparing physical office space.
  • Developing a safety plan.
  • Building physician and staff wellness and resilience.
  • Using checklists and a template to develop individualized plans.

The document will be updated as new information becomes available. It is accessible online, along with information on all COVID-19-related supports for physicians, at www.doctorsofbc.ca/working-change/advocating-physicians/coronavirus-covid-19-updates.

An illustration of a masked doctor in the office waiting area

. Information for physicians reopening offices. BCMJ, Vol. 62, No. 6, July, August, 2020, Page(s) 210 - News, COVID-19.



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