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The Use of Medical and Non-Medical Services by the Elderly during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Differs between General and Specialist Practice: A One-Center Study in Poland

Department and Division of Medical Rehabilitation, Wroclaw Medical University, 50-556 Wroclaw, Poland
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Healthcare 2021, 9(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010008
Received: 27 November 2020 / Revised: 14 December 2020 / Accepted: 22 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges Facing the Health System)
In Poland, there is a lack of documented data on the use of medical and non-medical services by the elderly during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The FIMA questionnaire assesses the use of medical and non-medical services by the elderly. The authors compared the demand for these services during the ongoing pandemic with similar months in 2017. It was confirmed that in the group of 61 surveyed elderly people, the number of individuals who had a medical visit decreased significantly in the three-month period. In the analyzed pandemic period, patients had significantly fewer visits to their general practitioner only. The pandemic had no significant impact on the use of other medical and non-medical services analyzed by FIMA. The limitations may include the small number of respondents, the relatively short period from the beginning of the pandemic covered by the survey, and the nature of the studied patients’ diseases. Further observation of elderly patients’ access to the abovementioned services can improve the efforts of governments and caregivers in this field, which is of particular importance in the group of chronically ill elderly patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus pandemic; healthcare needs; assessment; geriatrics; quality of care; care coordination; decision-making; health professionals COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; coronavirus pandemic; healthcare needs; assessment; geriatrics; quality of care; care coordination; decision-making; health professionals
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Mazurek, J.; Biernat, K.; Kuciel, N.; Hap, K.; Sutkowska, E. The Use of Medical and Non-Medical Services by the Elderly during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Differs between General and Specialist Practice: A One-Center Study in Poland. Healthcare 2021, 9, 8. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010008

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Mazurek J, Biernat K, Kuciel N, Hap K, Sutkowska E. The Use of Medical and Non-Medical Services by the Elderly during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Differs between General and Specialist Practice: A One-Center Study in Poland. Healthcare. 2021; 9(1):8. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010008

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Mazurek, Justyna, Karolina Biernat, Natalia Kuciel, Katarzyna Hap, and Edyta Sutkowska. 2021. "The Use of Medical and Non-Medical Services by the Elderly during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Differs between General and Specialist Practice: A One-Center Study in Poland" Healthcare 9, no. 1: 8. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010008

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