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Physicians’ Perspectives on COVID-19: An International Survey

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Rheumatology Department, Colentina Clinical Hospital, 020125 Bucharest, Romania
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Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Cardiology Departments, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 020021 Bucharest, Romania
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Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Department, Dr Carol Davila Central University Emergency Military Hospital, 010825 Bucharest, Romania
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Cardiology Department, Prof Dr CC Iliescu Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, 022322 Bucharest, Romania
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Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 250; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030250
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. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030250

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030250

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030250

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