PATIENT GROUPS’ RESPONSE TO THE PANDEMIC
Patient groups have become a major lifeline for chronically-ill patients living in the community. Deprived of customary forms of care and support from their healthcare systems during the pandemic, patients are turning to patient groups for help. Over half (52%) of the survey’s 1,720 respondent patient groups report having more contact with patients since the onset of the pandemic.
The survey finds that the vast majority of patient groups have embraced new responsibilities as they work to protect and maintain services for patient communities in the year of Covid. So, during the pandemic …
- 77% of the survey’s 1,720 respondent patient groups have taken steps to define the needs of patients known to them.
- 67% are hosting telephone helplines.
- 57% are bringing patients/carers together online for peer-to-peer support.
- 49% are offering medical advice.
- 26% are supplying personal protective equipment (PPE). And …
- 23% are delivering treatment and care