1. Section Editor(s): Goldfield, Norbert I. MD
  2. Editor

Article Content

The COVID-19 Pandemic-The Tragedy and Organizational Solutions Continue

This issue continues to acknowledge the pervasive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with almost all the articles having a direct or indirect connection to this worldwide tragedy. Burnout among health professionals is spoken about in the lay press. Hollingsworth and colleagues address this issue in a detailed, sympathetic, and methodologically appropriate study. Harahsheh and colleagues examine the COVID-19 pandemic from a pediatric perspective. Students, such as medical students, have been at the forefront of the response to this tragedy, and Cohen and colleagues provide us with a detailed example of this student-led engagement.


Different aspects of the engagement (including technologic) between health professionals and patients dominate the next 3 articles. Ciemins and colleagues in their article examine knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of health care professionals as these pertain to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Access management, both electronic and nonelectronic, is explored in the next 2 articles. Hempel and colleagues discuss ways of improving access management. Vimalananda and colleagues examine specialty care coordination (or its lack) with primary care as it pertains to the electronic medical record.


Finally, continuing our interest in health services from an international, especially developing world, perspective, Reza Ebrahimoghl and colleagues examine the relationship between continuity of care and health care expenditures from The Islamic Republic of Iran.


-Norbert I. Goldfield, MD