Primary care in the time of Ebola

In 2003 there was an epidemic of SARS in Toronto, and in 2010 the GPs had to deal with an outbreak of influenza H1N1. The researchers compared results of surveys done after each outbreak.

After the H1N1 outbreak, the GPs were more likely to wear a mask and goggles and to insist that every patient wore a mask. Unlike 2003, the GPs said that out-of-office care, such as nursing home visits would have to change during an epidemic.

During the H1N1 outbreak, approximately 70% of the GPs were worried or extremely worried about dealing with the disease and about infecting their families.

Only 6.6% of the GPs