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ANALYSIS OF THE SERVICE PERFORMED BY TELESAÚDE-COVID IN A MUNICIPALITY OF MINAS GERAIS

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  • Brunnella Alcantara Chagas de Freitas Universidade Federal de Viçosa https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7863-0681
  • Mara Rúbia Maciel Cardoso do Prado Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Luana Vieira Toledo Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Wilmara Lopes Fialho Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Lilian Fernandes Arial Ayres Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Sophia Leonel Almeida Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Thuany Caroline Souza e Silva Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Mirna Peçanha Brito Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Andréia Guerra Siman Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Deíse Moura de Oliveira Universidade Federal de Viçosa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/1980-549720210036

Keywords:

SARS-CoV-2 infections, Telemedicine, Health care quality, access, and evaluation, Public health surveillance

Abstract

Objective: to analyze the sociodemographic and clinical profile of patients treated by the remote care service “Telessaúde-COVID” and the factors associated with positive results for COVID-19. Methods: an exploratory and analytical study, carried out based on the analysis of patient records treated by a remote care service called “Telessaúde-COVID”. Characteristics of the patients treated and variables related to the service's functioning were evaluated. Descriptive and inferential analysis was performed, using logistic regression. Results: 1,854 new patients were evaluated and an estimated 8,630 visits. There was a predominance of female patients (60.9%) and aged 20 to 59 years (75.9%). The most frequent signs and symptoms were: headache (41.8%), cough (33.3%) and runny nose (30.0%). Of the total number of patients, 66.4% were reported as suspected cases of COVID-19 and 14.5% had a positive result for COVID-19. The age of 60 years or more was more frequent among confirmed cases (26.6%). Most patients (80.4%) did not require face-to-face assistance. The positive results for COVID-19 were associated with the age of the patients (OR 1,020; I.C.95% 1,007-1,032); home contact with a positive/suspected case (OR 1,902; I.C95% 1,178 - 3,070); presence of nausea/vomiting (OR 2,403; I.C.95% 1,148 - 5,029) and changes in smell (OR 2,827; I.C.95% 1,294-6,176). Conclusion:  Telehealth-COVID was relevant in the management and notification of cases attended, avoiding the search for face-to-face consultations without clinical indication. Among the suspected cases, positivity for COVID-19 was associated with the elderly, history of home contact, gastrointestinal and olfactory symptoms.

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Posted

2021-05-28

Section

Health Sciences