Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Continuation of Treatment among the OPD Geriatric Patients

Sasmita Das (SUM Nursing College, SOA Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 751003, India)
Priyanka Priyadarsini Nayak (Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, SUM Nursing College, SOA Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 751003, India)
Rashmipriya Rath (Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, SUM Nursing College, SOA Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 751003, India)
Suchismita Nayak (Department of Medical and Surgical Nursing, SUM Nursing College, SOA Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 751003, India)

Article ID: 4767

DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jgm.v4i2.4767

Abstract


The aim of the study was to identify the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on continuation of treatment among the OPD geriatric patients. Quantitative research study has been conducted. A descriptive research design and convenience sampling technique were used to pick a total of 100 samples, (n=100). Self-structured socio demographic questionnaire and self structured interview method were used to collect the data in November 2020 at tertiary care hospitals, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. The collected data were analyzed through descriptive and inferential statistics. Comparison of three categories of COVID-19 pandemic factors affecting in availing OPD services reveals that the psychological factor has more effect (73%) followed by hospital related factors (68%) and the availability of public transportation and resources (62%) has less effect in availing OPD services among patients during COVID-19 pandemic. Application of chi square test reveals that there is no significant relationship of intensity of COVID-19 pandemic factors affecting in availing OPD services among patients with selected socio demographic variables. These findings suggest that facility for sanitization of hospital premises, facility for social distancing in registration counter, waiting area and other areas of hospital are not quite satisfactory. Factors like availability of public transport, availability of healthcare personnel’s in OPD, adequacy of treatment facility, cost of medical services, availability of diagnostic services, are highly affecting geriatric patients in availing OPD services during COVID-19 pandemic and need to be taken care.


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Covid 19 Lockdown; Continuation of treatment;OPD geriatric patients

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