Rural Healthcare During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Canadian Study

Insights into various parameters and complexities endured by Canadian rural physicians and rural healthcare institutions during the pandemic have been scarce.

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This study explored how Canadian rural family physicians (RFPs) and rural healthcare institutions were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The research team used community-based participatory research to collaborate with community members, including RFPs with at least one year of experience working in rural Canada. The research found that RFPs faced a number of challenges, including shortages of health care providers and other staff, having to cancel in-person visits and disrupting the routine, and combatting fatigue from the pandemic. Additionally, virtual care was seen as both a challenge and a potential forward progress.

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Living and working in rural healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study of rural family physicians' lived experiences

Abstract

Rural Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has been pervasive in its impact on all aspects of Canadian society. Along with its pervasiveness, the disease provided unprecedented complexity to the Canadian healthcare infrastructure, eliciting varying responses from the afflicted healthcare systems in Canada. However, insights into the various parameters and complexities endured by Canadian rural physicians and rural healthcare institutions during the pandemic have been scarce.

Objective

This paper explores the conditions and complexity of living and working of Rural Family Physicians (RFPs) in rural healthcare in Canada during the pandemic.

Methods

Community-based participatory research was utilized as a collaborative and partnership approach, equitably engaged community members in all aspects of research, ranging from designing the research question to analyzing data. Participants of this study include RFPs with at least one year of experience working in rural Canada. Data were collected through telephone interviews and analyzed according to the six-phase guide for the data's inductive thematic analysis. Data collection halted upon saturation.

Results

Five significant compiled categories reflect the lived experiences of Rural Family Physicians. 1- virtual care as a challenge or forward progress; 2- canceling in-person visits and interrupting the routine; 3- shortage of health care providers and supporting staff; 4-ongoing coping process with the pandemic guidelines; 5-COVID-19 combat fatigue.

Authors

Nahid Rahimipour Anaraki, Meghraj Mukhopadhyay, Yordan Karaivanov, Margo Wilson, Shabnam Asghari

Published Date

2022-12-22

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-022-01942-1

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