Background and importance The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has generated new needs in outpatient care of the hospital pharmacy. Despite the current improvement in the pandemic situation, many of the implemented progress have been maintained. Telepharmacy and home delivery programmes avoid hospital visits for vulnerable patients (elderly, pluripathology, mobility problems).
Aim and objectives To analyse the degree of satisfaction of patients included in a telepharmacy and home delivery programme.
Material and methods Descriptive retrospective study of patients included in a telepharmacy and home delivery programme between November 2020 and September 2021 was conducted. Electronic clinical history and prescription software Farmatools were used to record data: sex, age, pathology, locality, transport conditions of the medication and number of shipments per patient. A telephone survey was conducted, consisting of four questions about: satisfaction with telepharmacy programme (yes/no), adequate pharmaceutical telephone support (yes/no), medication delivery conditions (correct/incorrect) and global assessment (ranged 1–10). Comments and suggestions were also requested.
Results Fifty-six patients were included, 35 (63%) were women and 21 (37%) men. Mean age was 65 (37–90) years. The pathologies involved were: 11 (20%) infectious diseases, 10 (18%) respiratory, 9 (16%) rheumatic, 8 (14%) neurological, 7 (12%) renal, 5 (9%) haematological, 3 (5%) ophthalmological, 2 (4%) digestive and 1 (2%) allergic. A total of 456 medication shipments were delivered during the study period, with a mean of 8 (2–24) per patient. The shipments were distributed among 31 different localities in the same health area. The medication for 27 (48%) patients required refrigerated transport, and 29 (52%) required ambient temperature. All (100%) patients were satisfied with telepharmacy programme and reported an adequate pharmaceutical telephone support. Medication delivery conditions were considered correct to 54 (96%) patients and incorrect to 2 (4%). Mean global assessment score was 9.6 (8–10). Four (7%) patients suggested an improvement in delivery conditions.
Conclusion and relevance The survey results indicated a high degree of satisfaction of the patients included in the telepharmacy and home delivery programme. Although this system of pharmaceutical care and distribution of medicines was implemented because of the pandemic, its subsequent maintenance has allowed vulnerable patients to benefit. Further measures could be implemented to improve delivery conditions.
Conflict of interest No conflict of interest
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