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Samadi S, Harati Khalilabad T. Economic and performance challenges caused by the COVID-19 epidemic in hospitals affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences. jha 2023; 26 (1) :51-66
URL: http://jha.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4225-en.html
1- Assistant Professor, Research Center, Headquarter of Police Force Medicine, Tehran , Samadi53.s@gmail.com
2- Assistant Professor, School of Health Mnagement and health information sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Introduction: Considering the role of hospitals in increasing the health level of society, it is very important to evaluate, measure and improve their performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the economic status and performance of hospitals affiliated to Iran University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: The present applied study is a descriptive-analytical study that was conducted on three non-specialized hospitals using data from two periods of time, 2019 and 2020. Raw data related to six financial indicators and six performance indicators were collected by referring to the financial and medical records units of the hospitals. The non-parametric Wilcoxon test and the paired-samples t-test were used in SPSS software for data analysis.
Results: The results showed that after the covid-19 epidemic, the average indicators of bed occupancy rate decreased by 12% and the average length of stay and bed turnover increased by 12% and 10%, respectively; these changes were statistically significant (p-value<0.05). Furthermore, the financial indicators of dedicated laboratory revenues, dedicated imaging revenues, and hospital expenses increased significantly by 26, 17 and 27%, respectively (p-value<0.05).
Conclusion: Considering the significant impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on the financial and economic performance of hospitals and the possibility of other epidemic-prone emerging infectious diseases, it seems that special support for hospitals is necessary in this regard.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Health Economics
Received: 2022/12/11 | Accepted: 2023/03/18 | Published: 2023/07/15

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