COVID-19 Chronic Condition Patient Population Report


What You Should Know:

Wellframe report finds patients want access to virtual
solutions to help manage their chronic conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a
significant effect on the chronic condition population by delaying access to
care and exacerbating mental health challenges.

Wellframe , a
provider of Digital Health Management solutions, announced the findings of its COVID-19
Chronic Condition Patient Population Report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic
has impacted the chronic patient population, and identifies opportunities to
improve the health and wellbeing of those facing the greatest threat from the
ongoing crisis. The survey focused on respondents managing chronic
conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma, and the findings show
that COVID-19
has significantly impacted their ability to manage their conditions. The
results also shine a light on multiple opportunities to better support this
vulnerable patient population.

Impact of Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions are the leading cause of disability and
death in the United States, and also the primary driver of the nation’s annual
healthcare costs, which topped  $3.5
trillion  in 2018. In fact,  90%  of
the nation’s healthcare expenditures are for those with chronic conditions.
When you look at those affected,  six
in 10  adults in the U.S. have one chronic condition, and  four
in 10  have two or more chronic conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought
unique attention to this group, given their vulnerability and  high
risk status  for severe illness from COVID-19.

Report Background/Methodology

Wellframe collected responses via a third-party provider
from 884 U.S.-based patients, 18 years and older in May 2020. Respondents all
had one or more chronic conditions including allergies, anemia, anxiety
disorders, asthma, chronic dry eye, chronic pain, depression, gastrointestinal
disorders, high cholesterol, hypertension, hypothyroidism, insomnia, osteoarthritis
and type 2 diabetes. Wellframe used the responses to determine the findings of
its COVID-19 Chronic Condition Patient Population Index.

The impact of COVID-19 on people with chronic conditions

The survey indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a
significant effect on the chronic condition population by delaying access to
care and exacerbating mental health challenges. Specific findings include:

– More than half  (57%) of respondents have delayed receiving healthcare services due to the pandemic – at either their own discretion or that of their doctor – and  one in four  (26%) patients have had trouble accessing their doctor.

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