The study, which aims to gather the opinions and perceptions of the Portuguese population about the Covid-19 pandemic with a focus on its impact on access to health care, was released on 8 September at the presentation of Movimento Saúde em Dia, an initiative of the Portuguese Medical Association and the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators.

The preliminary data were presented by Francisca Azevedo, Executive Director of GFK Metris, and pointed out that 94 percent of the Portuguese say “that they always wear their mask as soon as they leave home”.

“The Portuguese are complying with the standards and guidelines that are passed and that will be strengthened”, said Francisca Azevedo.
The study aimed to determine the “perceived importance of the Covid-19 pandemic issue, as well as the level of information they have about it” and the behaviours adopted in daily life (washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance, avoiding crowded places, social isolation).

The research also aimed to assess the impact of the pandemic (decreased income, health risk, limited access to health care) and “safety/insecurity in access to health care”.

It also wanted to quantify the extent to which the Portuguese stopped, or not, accessing health care during the pandemic (a distinction being made between chronic and non chronic patients) and to know the opinion of the Portuguese on the actions of entities and sectors during the pandemic.

The full results will be shared and analysed on 22 September in an expert meeting, the objective being “to promote reflection on the knowledge acquired and the challenges of health systems in order to develop effective proposals”.

The information was collected through direct and personal interviews, in total privacy, based on a structured questionnaire prepared by the project team and GfK Metris.

The fieldwork took place between 28 August and 7 September and was carried out by interviewers recruited and trained by GfK Metris, who received appropriate training for the specificities of this study.

The study is made up of individuals aged 18 and over, living in Portugal, in a sample of 1,000 individuals, proportional to the Portuguese population, with a margin of error of 3.1 percent for a 95 percent confidence interval.