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dc.contributor.authorHassen, Lena Mostafa
dc.contributor.authorAlmaghlouth, Ibrahim A
dc.contributor.authorHassen, Ikhlass Mostafa
dc.contributor.authorDaghestani, Maha H
dc.contributor.authorAlmohisen, Amal A
dc.contributor.authorAlqurtas, Eman M
dc.contributor.authorAlkhalaf, Abdulaziz
dc.contributor.authorBedaiwi, Mohammed K
dc.contributor.authorOmair, Mohammed A
dc.contributor.authorAlmogairen, Sultan M
dc.contributor.authorAlarfaj, Hussein F
dc.contributor.authorAlarfaj, Abdulrahman S
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-28T15:40:35Z
dc.date.available2020-09-28T15:40:35Z
dc.date.issued2020-09-17
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/13775
dc.description.abstractAim: The dynamics of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has become of special concern to the rheumatology community. Rheumatic patients are required to engage in effective health management but their behavior is often influenced by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. This cross-sectional study aims to examine patients' experiences during the current pandemic and its implication on their health perception and behavior. Method: A patient-centered electronic survey was used, randomly sampling rheumatic patients in Saudi Arabia during March and April 2020. Questions included patients' socio-demographics, diseases, medications, COVID-19 knowledge, source of information, fear level, disease activity perception, health care utilization, medication accessibility, and therapeutic compliance (measured using a modified version of Medication Adherence Reporting Scale). Correlation and regression coefficients were used to evaluate associations among the aforementioned variables. Results: A total of 637 respondents were included. The majority were rheumatoid arthritis patients (42.7%). Patients' knowledge about COVID-19 was correlated with social media use (P = .012). Fear of COVID-19 infection correlated with healthcare facility for follow-up visits (P = .024) and fear of disease deterioration if contracting the infection correlated with patients' levels of knowledge (P = .035). Both types of fear did not correlate with patients' perceptions of disease activity. However, patients' perceptions of worsened disease activity were correlated with unplanned healthcare visits (P < .001), medication non-adherence, and difficulty accessing medication (P = .010 and .006, respectively). Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic and surrounding public health measures could affect rheumatic patients' health management which might contribute to disease flare-up and subsequently taxing healthcare systems even further.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1111/1756-185X.13959en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Rheumatic Diseasesen_US
dc.rights© 2020 Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.en_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19 outbreaken_US
dc.subjectdisease activity perceptionen_US
dc.subjecthealth care utilizationen_US
dc.subjectmedication adherenceen_US
dc.subjectself-managementen_US
dc.titleImpact of COVID-19 outbreak on rheumatic patients' perceptions and behaviors: A cross-sectional studyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/1756-185X.13959
dc.identifier.pmid32940963
dc.source.countryEngland


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