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What Happened to People with Non-Communicable Diseases during COVID-19: Implications of H-EDRM Policies.
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Aug 03; 17(15)IJ

Abstract

People with existing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are particularly vulnerable to health risks brought upon by emergencies and disasters, yet limited research has been conducted on disease management and the implications of Health-EDRM policies that address health vulnerabilities of people with NCDs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This paper reports the baseline findings of an anonymous, random, population-based, 6-month cohort study that aimed to examine the experiences of people with NCDs and their relevant self-care patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 765 telephone interviews were completed from 22nd March to 1st April 2020 in Hong Kong, China. The dataset was representative of the population, with 18.4% of subjects reporting at least one NCD. Results showed that low household income and residence in government-subsidized housing were significant predictors for the subjects who experienced difficulty in managing during first 2 months of the pandemic (11% of the NCD patients). Of those on long-term NCD medication, 10% reported having less than one week's supply of medication. Targeted services for vulnerable groups during a pandemic should be explored to support NCD self-care.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX37BN, UK. JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Accident & Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32756382

Citation

Chan, Emily Ying Yang, et al. "What Happened to People With Non-Communicable Diseases During COVID-19: Implications of H-EDRM Policies." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 15, 2020.
Chan EYY, Kim JH, Lo ESK, et al. What Happened to People with Non-Communicable Diseases during COVID-19: Implications of H-EDRM Policies. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(15).
Chan, E. Y. Y., Kim, J. H., Lo, E. S. K., Huang, Z., Hung, H., Hung, K. K. C., Wong, E. L. Y., Lee, E. K. P., Wong, M. C. S., & Wong, S. Y. S. (2020). What Happened to People with Non-Communicable Diseases during COVID-19: Implications of H-EDRM Policies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(15). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17155588
Chan EYY, et al. What Happened to People With Non-Communicable Diseases During COVID-19: Implications of H-EDRM Policies. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Aug 3;17(15) PubMed PMID: 32756382.
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