Lorsque la pandémie de COVID-19 a commencé, les cliniciens de soins primaires n’avaient pratiquement aucune connaissance des meilleures pratiques en matière de traitement du COVID-19. Le projet ECHO a développé un programme d’heures de bureau sur les maladies infectieuses liées au COVID-19 (Office Hours) pour répondre aux besoins des cliniciens cherchant des informations sur le COVID-19.
Purpose When the COVID-19 pandemic began, primary care clinicians had almost no knowledge regarding best practices COVID-19 treatment. Project ECHO developed a COVID-19 Infectious Disease Office Hours (Office Hours) program to respond to the needs of clinicians seeking COVID-19 information. Basic Procedures This mixed-methods evaluation analyzed weekly post-session data and focus group results from the weekly Office Hours ECHO sessions during June 1, 2020- May 31, 2021. Main Findings A total of 1,421 participants attended an average of 4.9 sessions during the 45 Office Hours sessions studied. The most common specialties included: nurses=530 (37%), physicians=284 (20%), and 493 (34%) having other degrees. The participants stated that they were definitely (68.2%) or probably (22.0%) going to use what they learned in their work, especially vaccination information. Focus group results identified these themes: 1) quality information, 2) community of practice, 3) interprofessional learning, and 4) increased knowledge, confidence, and practice change. Principal Conclusions This evaluation demonstrates that the Office Hours program was successful in bringing a large group of health professionals together each week in a virtual community of practice. The participants acknowledged their plans to use the information gained with their patients. This diffusion of knowledge from clinician to patient amplifies the response of the program, changes practice behavior and may improve patient care.