What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Cross-Country Analysis


What strategies are countries using to expand health workforce surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Finding ways to increase the surge capacity and flexibility of the health workforce has been fundamental to delivering an effective COVID-19 response.

This article explores the strategies that 44 countries in Europe plus Canada have taken to maintain and increase the availability of health workers using data from the COVID-19 Health System and Response Monitor. We show that all countries have used a variety of strategies to repurpose and mobilise the existing health workforce, while some have also augmented
capacity by utilising foreign-trained or previously retired or inactive health professionals, medical and nursing students and volunteers. Full article here