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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rheumatology nursing consultation.
Fernández Sánchez, Susana P; Rodríguez Muñoz, Fermín; Laiz, Ana; Castellví, Ivan; Magallares, Berta; Corominas, Héctor.
  • Fernández Sánchez SP; Servicio de Reumatología y Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Rodríguez Muñoz F; Enfermería de Consultas Externas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Laiz A; Servicio de Reumatología y Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.
  • Castellví I; Servicio de Reumatología y Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.
  • Magallares B; Servicio de Reumatología y Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Corominas H; Servicio de Reumatología y Enfermedades Autoinmunes Sistémicas, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, Spain. Electronic address: vancor@yahoo.com.
Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed) ; 18(4): 231-235, 2022 Apr.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1258489
ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE:

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought major changes to the model of patient care in Rheumatology. Our aim was to compare the change in the care delivered in a rheumatology nursing consultation before and during the pandemic. MATERIAL AND

METHODS:

Descriptive and observational study. Patient care was registered before and during the COVID-19 outbreak. The variables collected were age, sex, prevalent rheumatic disease, type of visit and reason for consultation.

RESULTS:

254 consecutive patients were included before the COVID-19 pandemic for 20 days and 251 patients during COVID-19 for 10 working days. The mean age was 61 years before and 57 during the pandemic. Of both groups, 74% were women. The most frequently attended pathologies before and during COVID-19 were rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies. Scheduled face-to-face visits decreased during COVID-19 (46.5% versus 1.6%), with an increased number of phone scheduled visits (2.8% versus 52.2%) and spontaneous consultations either by phone or e-mail (28.3% versus 45%). The type of scheduled visits during COVID-19 were for stable diseases (20% versus 37%) and monitoring (12% versus 38%). The reason for spontaneous consultation increased during COVID-19 and were mainly doubts regarding prevention measures and treatment optimization (13.8% versus 31.1%).

CONCLUSIONS:

The first wave of COVID-19 brought to rheumatology nursing consultation a global increase in all activities in the number of visits per day, in the number of stable patient controls, in monitoring and answering patient concerns.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed) Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: J.reumae.2021.02.001

Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed) Year: 2022 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: J.reumae.2021.02.001