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Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis

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Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, 41110 Larissa, Greece
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Department of Urology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia
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Universidad Andres Bello, Hospital del Trabajador de Santiago, Santiago 7550196, Chile
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Division of Urology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada
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Kulkarni Reconstructive Urology Center, Pune 411038, India
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Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 1A1, Canada
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Department of Urology, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul 34214, Turkey
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(6), 1730; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061730
Received: 16 May 2020 / Revised: 25 May 2020 / Accepted: 28 May 2020 / Published: 3 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Nephrology & Urology)
The global impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on urology practice remains unknown. Self-selected urologists worldwide completed an online survey by the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). A total of 2494 urologists from 76 countries responded, including 1161 (46.6%) urologists in an academic setting, 719 (28.8%) in a private practice, and 614 (24.6%) in the public sector. The largest proportion (1074 (43.1%)) were from Europe, with the remainder from East/Southeast Asia (441 (17.7%)), West/Southwest Asia (386 (15.5%)), Africa (209 (8.4%)), South America (198 (7.9%)), and North America (186 (7.5%)). An analysis of differences in responses was carried out by region and practice setting. The results reveal significant restrictions in outpatient consultation and non-emergency surgery, with nonspecific efforts towards additional precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery. These restrictions were less notable in East/Southeast Asia. Urologists often bear the decision-making responsibility regarding access to elective surgery (40.3%). Restriction of both outpatient clinics and non-emergency surgery is considerable worldwide but is lower in East/Southeast Asia. Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery are common but not specific. The pandemic has had a profound impact on urology practice. There is an urgent need to provide improved guidance for this and future pandemics. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; covid-19; pandemic; sars cov-2; urology; practice management coronavirus; covid-19; pandemic; sars cov-2; urology; practice management
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Gravas, S.; Bolton, D.; Gomez, R.; Klotz, L.; Kulkarni, S.; Tanguay, S.; de la Rosette, J. Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 1730. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061730

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Gravas S, Bolton D, Gomez R, Klotz L, Kulkarni S, Tanguay S, de la Rosette J. Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9(6):1730. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061730

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Gravas, Stavros, Damien Bolton, Reynaldo Gomez, Laurence Klotz, Sanjay Kulkarni, Simon Tanguay, and Jean de la Rosette. 2020. "Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis" Journal of Clinical Medicine 9, no. 6: 1730. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061730

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