During COVID-19 in Low Resource, Non-US Settings Sharing and Shifting Tasks to Maintain Essential Healthcare [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Purpose: "The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed a substantial burden on many healthcare systems worldwide as they struggle to treat both COVID-19 patients and maintain essential primary care services. The burden may be even greater in low-resource non-US settings, where healthcare systems are often already overtaxed and struggling to provide services to patients in need due to a shortage in the healthcare workforce. The World Health Organization (WTO) outlines two approaches to expand and ensure access to essential health services by optimizing the use of existing healthcare workforce: task shifting and task sharing. Task shifting and task sharing allow for the shifting of tasks from highly qualified healthcare workers (HCWs) to HCWs with less training and less qualifications and the sharing of tasks with an equally qualified cadre of HCWs, respectively. This allows for more efficient use of available human resources working in overburdened health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/