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Physicians’ Perspectives on COVID-19: An International Survey

Rheumatology Department, Colentina Clinical Hospital, 020125 Bucharest, Romania
Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Cardiology Departments, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 020021 Bucharest, Romania
Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Department, Dr Carol Davila Central University Emergency Military Hospital, 010825 Bucharest, Romania
Cardiology Department, Prof Dr CC Iliescu Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, 022322 Bucharest, Romania
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Equal contribution.
Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 250;
Received: 13 July 2020 / Revised: 25 July 2020 / Accepted: 28 July 2020 / Published: 2 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges Facing the Health System)
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has put a tremendous pressure over health care systems worldwide. Physicians were faced to fight this novel, emerging disease, without evidence-based recommendations. Our aim was to investigate physicians’ point of view regarding the new coronavirus disease. We designed an on-line survey with 30 questions to assess physicians’ perception of personal impact as well as epidemiology, clinical features, management, and outcome in COVID-19. A total of 194 physicians from 43 countries, of which 42.3% were male, 45.4% had more than 5 years’ experience and 10.8% were heads of department/professors, filled-out the questionnaire. Although 47.4% of the physicians were currently treating patients, over 80% thought that they might get in contact with COVID-19 patients. A total of 36.6% physicians thought that they are not and 30.9% were not sure if they were being protected by the ongoing procedures. A total of 21.1% of the doctors felt that they are avoided by the persons with whom they usually interact in daily life and 24.7% were isolated from the household members they usually live with. A total of 72.7% of physicians considered that COVID-19-free patients are currently neglected. The results of the current survey raise awareness about the impact of COVID-19 on physicians’ practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; physicians; questionnaire; doctors; SARS-CoV-2; survey COVID-19; physicians; questionnaire; doctors; SARS-CoV-2; survey
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Dima, A.; Balaban, D.V.; Jurcut, C.; Berza, I.; Jurcut, R.; Jinga, M. Physicians’ Perspectives on COVID-19: An International Survey. Healthcare 2020, 8, 250.

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Dima A, Balaban DV, Jurcut C, Berza I, Jurcut R, Jinga M. Physicians’ Perspectives on COVID-19: An International Survey. Healthcare. 2020; 8(3):250.

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Dima, Alina; Balaban, Daniel V.; Jurcut, Ciprian; Berza, Ioana; Jurcut, Ruxandra; Jinga, Mariana. 2020. "Physicians’ Perspectives on COVID-19: An International Survey" Healthcare 8, no. 3: 250.

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