Dr. Fariba Aghajafari
Fariba Aghajafari, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MsC, PhD; Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Brian Hansen, MA, MPH; Evaluation Lead, Business Unit, Calgary and Area Primary Care Networks
COVID-19 testing is largely managed by public health units across the country, with family physicians responsible for follow-up.
The Calgary Zone’s COVID-19 Primary Care Integrated Pathway uses an information referral process to link COVID-19 positive patients to their family physicians. For patients without a family doctor, the pathway connects them to a primary care team who provides care or facilitates attachment to a physician.
This pathway also includes a clinical algorithm that helps family physicians deliver comprehensive care to patients who test positive for COVID-19 with a risk stratification tool and treatment decision tree. It helps identify appropriate treatment protocols and connects patients with public health, specialists, and acute care when needed.
The pathway established a standardized approach to care planning and delivery, and supports continuity of care for patients across Calgary and its surrounding communities.