Doctors Report Patients’ Health Declining Due to Delayed or Inaccessible Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

Source: FierceHealthcare

Patients’ overall health continues to suffer due to the pandemic, with the majority of primary care physicians reporting that their patients’ mental health has declined during the past 8 months, according to a FierceHealthcare report.

Over a third (37%) of primary care physicians say their patients with chronic conditions are in “noticeably worse health resulting from the pandemic.” This is due, in part, to visits that are not happening: 56% of surveyed clinicians have seen an increase in negative health burdens due to delayed or inaccessible care, according to a survey of clinicians conducted in mid-October, seven months into the pandemic.

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