‘Questions from the frontline’ -- initiative answers clinicians Covid-19 pathophysiology questions

Frontline clinicians treating coronavirus patients can now gain access to the latest advice from a panel of human physiology experts. Frontline medics can ask anything about how the body might function in response to the disease.

The aim is to provide clinicians with an evolving understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms that both underpin this disease and determine its outcome and mitigation.

The initiative is a joint venture between The Physiological Society and the Intensive Care Society, which is being co-ordinated by Mike Tipton, Professor of Human and Applied Physiology at the University of Portsmouth and David Paterson, Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford,.

Questions, comments and data from frontline clinicians dealing with patients are responded to by a Covid-19 advisory panel consisting of 24 specialists with diverse physiological expertise.

Professor Tipton said: “Following a discussion with Hugh Montgomery, a professor of intensive care medicine, it was clear that our clinical colleagues were working flat out whilst most of our academic colleagues were not able to deploy their expertise, sitting at home isolating.

Anyone can access the website to read the questions and responses, but only clinicians can register to ask questions or comment.

Questions from the frontline: https://www.physoc.org/covid19/questions