Examining the care of noncommunicable diseases at the first level of providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Barzegari, Javad, Raeissi, Pouran, Reisi, Nahid, Hashemi, Masoud and AryanKhesal, Aidin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6695-227X (2023) Examining the care of noncommunicable diseases at the first level of providing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Public Health. ISSN 2198-1833

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Aim: Providing services for patients with noncommunicable diseases is one of the main responsibilities of health systems. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the care of these patients faced problems. This study investigates the ways of providing optimal care to patients during pandemics like COVID-19. Subject and methods: This study was conducted in 2021 in Tehran province using an analytical cross-sectional method. Six hundred participants were selected for the study. In order to examine the challenges and solutions for receiving services, a questionnaire was completed and its reliability and validity were checked; finally, a telephone interview was completed over a period of 3 months. Results: Among study participants, 68.2% were female, and the highest percentage was in the age group of 50–60 years. Fifty-four percent were illiterate or had primary education, 48.8% had diabetes, 42.8% had high blood pressure, and 8.3% had both diseases. Forty-three percent of the interviewees had not used health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the main reason for which was the fear of contracting COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus disease had affected the care of noncommunicable diseases for 63% of the interviewees. Conclusion: The fundamental need for changes in the health system was revealed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for flexibility in the health system will inevitably arise when similar cases occur, and policymakers and managers should consider necessary measures in this regard. The use of new technologies is one of the ways to replace traditional models.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: covid-19,health care services,iran,noncommunicable diseases,public health, environmental and occupational health,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2739
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2023 13:30
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 15:24
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92317
DOI: 10.1007/s10389-023-01906-4

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