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How the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Period Influenced the Health Status and Determined Changes in Professional Practice among Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors in Romania

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Department of Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, 700111 Iasi, Romania
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Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Faculty of Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, “Elena-Doamna” Obstetrics and Gynecology University Hospital, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Faculty of Medicine, “Grigore T. Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iasi, “Cuza-Voda” Obstetrics and Gynecology University Hospital, 700115 Iasi, Romania
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Academic Editor: Nicola Luigi Bragazzi
Medicina 2021, 57(4), 325; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57040325
Received: 1 March 2021 / Revised: 24 March 2021 / Accepted: 25 March 2021 / Published: 1 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Humanistic Approaches to Medical Practice)
Background and Objectives: The beginning of the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic period has had a strong impact on patients’ life, but also on doctors. The main goal of this research is to identify the difficulties related to the professional activity and personal life of obstetrics and gynecology doctors. Material and Methods: In total, 94 physicians from a single university center answered to an online questionnaire. Socio-demographic, health, family, and job-related data were collected. Data were processed using SPSS (v.25). Results: 7.4% of the doctors were confirmed infected with SARS-Cov-2 during the first 6 months of the pandemic, and 48.94% treated infected patients. Due to the large number of patients, 10.64% of the doctors have had no days-off during the last 6 months, and 22.34% of them have had new medical problems that led them to see a specialist. Seventeen to nineteen percent mentioned an increasing number of working hours and shifts per month due to the pandemic period, more than 10% used pills to cope with work-stress, and 25% of them had sleep disorders along with appetite loss. Extra-protection rules and negative consequences of wearing special equipment were identified: thermal discomfort that caused decreasing resistance and concentration during the surgery (52%), reduced mobility and accuracy of surgical or medical gestures (40%), and intraoperative visibility (47%). Doctors who were working with confirmed pregnant women preferred caesarean section. Conclusions: Working under the stress of an infection with SARS-Cov-2 is causing a lot of pressure and determines changes in personal, familial, social, and professional life. Understanding the challenges that ob-gyn doctors are facing will help institutions to better provide support. View Full-Text
Keywords: obstetrics and gynecology; physicians; stress; medical practice; psychosomatic symptoms; continuing education; SARS-CoV-2; pandemics; fear of COVID 19 obstetrics and gynecology; physicians; stress; medical practice; psychosomatic symptoms; continuing education; SARS-CoV-2; pandemics; fear of COVID 19
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Iorga, M.; Soponaru, C.; Socolov, R.-V.; Cărăuleanu, A.; Socolov, D.-G. How the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Period Influenced the Health Status and Determined Changes in Professional Practice among Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors in Romania. Medicina 2021, 57, 325. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57040325

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Iorga M, Soponaru C, Socolov R-V, Cărăuleanu A, Socolov D-G. How the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Period Influenced the Health Status and Determined Changes in Professional Practice among Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors in Romania. Medicina. 2021; 57(4):325. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57040325

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Iorga, Magdalena, Camelia Soponaru, Răzvan-Vladimir Socolov, Alexandru Cărăuleanu, and Demetra-Gabriela Socolov. 2021. "How the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Period Influenced the Health Status and Determined Changes in Professional Practice among Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors in Romania" Medicina 57, no. 4: 325. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina57040325

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