Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2020 Jul 22; 12(3):5-13 DOI: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2020/Vol12).003.02

Community pharmacy users’ perception of COVID-19

Mera-Gallego R1, 2, León-Rodríguez L3, 2, Mera-Gallego I4, 2, González-Blanco M1, 2, Acuña-Ferradanes A5, 2, Pérez-Molina L1, 2, Tenorio-Salgueiro L6, 2, Fornos-Pérez JA6, 2, Andrés-Rodríguez NF2
1. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Vigo 2. Grupo Berbés de Investigación y Docencia 3. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Ourense 4. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Maella (Zaragoza) 5. Farmacéutico comunitario en Bueu (Pontevedra) 6. Farmacéutica comunitaria en Cangas do Morrazo (Pontevedra)
Mera-Gallego R, León-Rodríguez L, Mera-Gallego I, González-Blanco M, Acuña-Ferradanes A, Pérez-Molina L, Tenorio-Salgueiro L, Fornos-Pérez JA, Andrés-Rodríguez NF. Percepción de los usuarios de la farmacia comunitaria sobre la COVID-19. Farmacéuticos Comunitarios. 2020 Jul 22; 12 (3): 5-13 DOI: 10.33620/FC.2173-9218.(2020/Vol12).003.02
Abstract : 


Aims: to assess the pharmacy users’ perception on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their health, the knowledge of their possible inclusion in risk groups and their attitude towards a potential vaccine.

Material and methods: Randomized, cross-sectional, observational study in pharmacies of Pontevedra and Ourense, from March to June 2020 at the beginning and after movement restrictions.

Subjects: users 18 years old who go to the participating pharmacies to purchase medicines and/or hygiene and protection material.

Procedure: the user completed an anonymous questionnaire, which was then placed until night in a plastic tray that was disinfected daily. The procedure will be repeated after the confinement has been terminated.

Results of the first phase: 706 surveys were conducted. 415 (58.8%) women, aged 48.9 9 years on average (SD=16.9). 100 participants (14.2%) live alone.

637 (90.2%) believe that COVID-19 is more dangerous than influenza, 189 (26.8%) don’t know if they belong to any risk group.

107 (15.1%) say they feel bad or very bad about isolation. The most affected aspects are: familiar 350 (49.6%) and emotional 338 (47.9%).

In 2019/20, 172 (24.4%) were vaccinated against influenza and in 2020/21 243 (34.4%) are planning to get vaccinated. 448 (63.5%) will be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the vaccine is available, whether or not it is financed by the National Health System, and 183 (25.9%) will think about it.

Conclusions: respondents consider COVID-19 more dangerous than seasonal influenza. In this first phase, the impact on well-being and health does not seem to be high. A high percentage of people will be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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