Caring for Immunocompromised Patients in the COVID-19 Context

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Now more than ever it is important for your patients to look after their health and receive care from you as their healthcare provider. It’s essential that patients continue to seek out care that they need.

This tool has been developed to support primary care providers in navigating and providing patient care in a world where COVID-19 is the ‘new normal’, with considerations and recommendations on what’s ‘new’ and what’s ‘changed’ in the delivery of care for immunocompromised patients. While how care is delivered has changed, efforts should be made to ensure that the quality has not. As always, when treating your patients, continue to use your clinical judgement and follow standards of care, best practices, evidence and guidelines.

Key takeaway

Immunocompromised patients are at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19 (CDC, December 16, 2020), and should take precautions to protect against acquisition of the virus. Immunocompromised patients include (CDC, December 29, 2020):

  • Individuals using immunosuppressant medications.
  • Bone marrow or solid organ transplant recipients.
  • Individuals with inherited immunodeficiency.
  • Individuals living with poorly controlled human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
  • Patients receiving chemotherapy.

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Immunocompromised patients should self-isolate for their own protection (PHO, October 28, 2020), keep physically active, and continue practicing condition-specific preventative measures (ECDC, September 24, 2020).

Immunocompromised healthcare providers must make decisions that reflect their own unique situations, while also considering public health advice and the best available evidence (CPSO, January 15, 2021).


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