Patients Fear Losing Trusted Primary Care Physicians

Sydney Jennings

Associate Editor of Patient Care Online

A new survey reports that 83% of patients would be distressed if they lost this trusted relationship. As COVID-19 cases surge and practices close, patients are uneasy about even more.

Since the beginning of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have reported their highest 7-day average of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases since the pandemic began, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. This rise is just new fuel for uneasy feelings among patients about returning to their primary care physician's office or avoiding care altogether. To further understand the impact of COVID-19 on primary care patients, the Primary Care Collaborative surveyed 2250 patients aged ≥18 years via a public online posting.

Find out what patients had to say about the use of digital health care, their relationship with their primary care provider, mental health during COVID-19, and more.