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Outpatient care is crucial in the fight against Corona: Study collects data from medical practices

• The focus is on risk factors for severe Covid-19 courses
• Objective: to protect hospitals from overload
• Physicians in private practice called nationwide to participate
• Patients are interviewed via smartphones

Berlin, November 20, 2020 (IGES Institute) - The care of Covid-19 patients by resident doctors is a decisive measure in the fight against the corona pandemic. The better the outpatient treatment, the less the risk of overloading the clinic. In contrast to the inpatient care of corona patients, there are only a few studies from medical practices. Above all, there is a lack of knowledge about the individual risk factors of patients that lead to severe Covid-19 courses and ultimately to hospital admissions.

A new study aims to close this research gap. It is one of the first of its kind. The aim is to find out more about the outpatient course of the disease of SARS-CoV-2 infected people and the procedure of general practitioners. This is intended to help establish evidence-based - scientifically sound - guidelines for the outpatient treatment of corona patients. These should enable better treatment results and also prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

Initiator of ABC-19 study (short for: Outpatient treatment of Covid-19 infections) is the Berlin IGES Institute. The cooperation partner of the project financed with institute funds is the Faculty of Health Sciences Brandenburg (FGW).

As a so-called registry study, the study collects data from everyday outpatient treatment. Doctors in private practice who treat corona infected people are called upon to participate nationwide. The documentation is carried out electronically with the support of the IGES subsidiary CSG Clinical Study Society. Affected patients are also interviewed and can participate in the study via their smartphone from quarantine.

The main focus is on the medical handling of comorbidities. Previous studies indicate that chronic kidney diseases, heart failure or diabetes, for example, increase the risk of severe disease and hospitalization. Long-term effects of Covid-19 disease that are becoming increasingly known are also being observed in the ABC-19 study. The evaluation takes place during the study. Results will be published at the same time.

Further information on the ABC-19 study: www.abc19studie.de