A Review of Literature on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic towards Chronic Disease and Medication Management

Wei Thing Sze


COVID-19 has changed the daily living of people, especially those who have chronic diseases and taking long term medications. The aim of this study is to review the recent evidences on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic towards chronic disease and medication management. The database and search engines used for this literature review are PubMed and Google Scholar. Abstracts were reviewed for relevance to the topic and a total of 17 articles were deemed pertinent to be summarised in this review. Eleven publications addressed a common issue, which was the cancellation or postponement of medical consultations or procedures. Seven publications stated psychological impact as a major effect caused by this pandemic. COVID-19 has also impacted the lifestyle of patients with chronic diseases due to reduced opportunity to go outdoors, inaccessible to fresh food, economic hardship and poverty. There was a shift in focus of pharmaceutical manufacturers to producing medical equipment and pharmaceutical preparations to fight against COVID-19, as well as difficulties in medication distributions owing to lockdown measures.  A relationship between COVID-19 pandemic and worsening of chronic diseases were reported. Evidence-based strategies are needed to better direct the management of chronic diseases and medication management during this unprecedented time  and beyond.


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DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijphs.v11i3.21167


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