The satisfaction level perceived by Italians during the first phase of the Covid-19 pandemic phase

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Elsa Vitale
Roberto Lupo
Giovanna Artioli
Maria Francesca De Vito
Antonino Calabrò
Cosimo Caldararo
Maurizio Ercolani
Alessia Lezzi
Maicol Carvello
Luana Conte
Maria Chiara Carriero

Keywords

health emergency, Covid-19, mass media, national health system, nurse

Abstract

 Aim of the work.  To survey the degree of satisfaction of the Italian population in reference to the health care provided throughout the national territory in the period of emergency COVID-19.


Methods. Observational, cross sectional, multicenter study conducted during the first phase of the pandemic (May-June 2020) involving the national population (n=889) subjects, through an online survey.


Results. 889 people participated in the study. Among the perceptions regarding the level of satisfaction with the care received during the first pandemic wave, significant differences were found in the level of satisfaction with the health care received in general (p=.049), the degree of satisfaction toward the health care to people admitted to the hospital (p=. 046), to the treatment received for the COVID-19 test (p=.002), to the difficulty of contacting the general practitioner (.032), to the treatment received by their own health care company (p=.006), to the treatment received by the toll-free number (p<.001) and the 1500 number (p<.001) and the treatment received for one's own relative (p<.001). The greatest difficulty for all detected was finding surgical masks to protect themselves from infection.


Conclusions. The COVID-19 pandemic seems not to have created new problems, rather it has shown - in a violent way - many of the challenges that have been looming for some time in the health services (and not only the Italian one) and, for these reasons, it is necessary to start from what has been learned in the last few months and draw new guidelines for the future.

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