Since the COVID-19 outbreak, people have started to avoid care. In addition, the care capacity in general practice is far from the old level. Decreases in the use of (regular) primary care can lead to additional complications, such as late diagnosed or untreated heart disease or oncological conditions. Although the first peak is behind us, the impact of COVID-19 on health care capacity will remain significant due to measures and virus flares. It is critical to monitor changes in care demand and use and identify reasons for care avoidance to minimize avoidable damage to public health.
This research provides insight into the changing use of primary care during the COVID-19 outbreak. It exposes which care questions are postponed, it identifies risk groups for targeted public education and identifies the underlying ones Reasons for avoidance of care.