Bavarian Covid-19 Outpatient Monitor (BaCoM): a registry study

Katharina Mayr, Isabel Zöllinger

Keywords: Care, Relatives, Covid-19, GPs

Introduction:
People in need of care or support, together with their relatives, caregivers and GP's, are strongly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care has initiated BACOM to improve the living situation of these people in the current situation and to prepare for future pandemics. In addition to clinical disease processes, the mental health, resources, needs and interfaces in the daily life and work of various actors are to be recorded.

Method:
BACOM is a dynamic register study in order to be able to systematically integrate new findings. We would like to recruit up to 1000 persons in need of care or assistance for the study group of the project. A baseline data collection will take place after a positive PCR test is available (back to March 2020). The study group will be compared, on the one hand, with up to 500 patients in need of care or support without known COVID-19 disease (control group 1) and, on the other hand, with up to 500 patients who have also survived a COVID-19 disease but are not in need of care (control group 2). Follow-up surveys are planned every 6 months for at least 3 years. In addition, caregivers and relatives will be asked about their physical and emotional needs and demands.

Results:
At the EQuiP Spring Conference 2022, an outlook on the first results of the qualitative accompanying study of sociology will be presented, in which the interface problems of the different actor levels will be highlighted.

Conclusions:
Measures and political decisions need more knowledge in order to be able to take into account the needs of people in need of care, relatives, caregivers and family doctors. The role of GPs in the pandemic needs to be made clearly visible so that their work can be adequately considered.

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