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Impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on access to healthcare services amongst patients with multiple sclerosis in the Lazio region, Italy

Authors
  • Colais, Paola1
  • Cascini, Silvia1
  • Balducci, Maria1
  • Agabiti, Nera1
  • Davoli, Marina1
  • Fusco, Danilo1
  • Calandrini, Enrico1
  • Bargagli, Anna Maria1
  • 1 Lazio Regional Health Service, Italy , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Journal of Neurology
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons Inc.
Publication Date
May 14, 2021
Volume
28
Issue
10
Pages
3403–3410
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/ene.14879
PMID: 33896086
PMCID: PMC8250799
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
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Abstract

During the COVID‐19 outbreak patients with multiple sclerosis experienced a substantial decrease in adherence to disease‐modifying therapies and a remarkable reduction in the number of visits to ambulatory care practices and provision of healthcare services at home. Important year‐to‐year (2019 vs. 2020) variations were observed in May and June 2020 (respectively −90%, −92%) in nursing and medical care provision; even for home‐based motor re‐education the largest variations were observed in June (−74%). This study used healthcare administrative databases that allow healthcare delivery to be monitored and critical points in provision of and access to healthcare to be identified, in order to implement corrective measures.

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