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COVID-19 highlights the need for universal adoption of standards of medical care for physicians in nursing homes in Europe

Aim: The gravity of concerns arising for nursing home care from the COVID-19 pandemic mandates urgent review of medical standards for nursing homes.

Findings: Physicians providing medical care to nursing home residents should have a formal competence in geriatric medicine and old age psychiatry.

Message: The coordination of the broad range of complexities of care in nursing homes requires clearly specified clinical leadership commensurate with the range of services needed.

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