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Indian Journal of Medical Sciences ; 73(1):57-60, 2021.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1281013


India at present has 145,779 active coronavirus disease (COVID) cases and 8884 deaths. Being the largest tertiary care health facility under Delhi Government, our center was designated as a 2000 bedded dedicated COVID hospital. In addition to establishing areas for COVID management, COVID Obstetrics and Gynecology area requires a dedicated set up for delivering women, an operating room, and a neonatal care unit. A phased evacuation plan begins by curtailing non-emergency services and postponing elective surgeries, this process may take longer for obstetrics than other specialties on account of labor and postnatal care. The percentage reduction in the number of elective obstetric and gynecological surgeries was 73% and further fell by 98% (n = 4;category C, D) over a period of 1 month of the evacuation phase, whereas the reduction in emergency cases was only 15% (n = 200) in the beginning and fell to 89%. During the surge phase of COVID, we were able to increase the inpatient surge capacity by 8% (n = 100) as the bed occupancy increased exponentially from 30% to 88%. The start of evacuation of the facility until the endpoint of the surge marks the most dynamic phase of establishing a COVID facility during a pandemic. Pre-event planning for surge capacity at the inception of such pandemics should be based on the local and regional policies which depend on the competing demands of resources to maintain sustainability. These logistical demands are dynamic and vary as the pandemic progresses through its phases.

Journal of Internet Commerce ; 20(2):137-166, 2021.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-1189394


The aim of this study is to explore the characteristics of omnichannel shoppers in the context of webrooming and showrooming behavior. A total of two hundred and forty research papers were accessed from various sources through searches based on keywords. One hundred and thirteen papers were found to be relevant for further analysis. Most of the studies were from the USA and UK and had predominantly used structural equation modeling for analysis and establishing relationships between the variables of interest. Based on analysis of these studies and a thorough review of extant literature on omnichannel retail environment in general and webrooming and showrooming behavior in particular, the present study attempts to (i) provide deeper insights into the omnichannel phenomena;(ii) identify the determinants of the consumer purchase journey in an omnichannel environment;(iii) categorize the extant studies in five broad areas;and (iv) identify the critical areas for future research focusing on new forms of buying behaviors. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Internet Commerce is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

JNMA J Nepal Med Assoc ; 59(234): 128-133, 2021 Feb 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1155076


INTRODUCTION: The outbreak of coronavirus disease in Nepal led medical colleges to suspend in person teaching-learning activities and ultimately online platform was introduced to deliver the contents of medical education. The objective of this study was to describe the perception of medical students towards online teaching-learning introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal. METHODS: An online survey using a descriptive cross-sectional study design was carried out among 515 undergraduate medical students currently enrolled in medical colleges in Nepal. Ethical approval was sought from Nepal Health Research Council to conduct this study, and digital informed consent was taken from study respondents. A semi-structured questionnaire in Google form was utilized to collect data. The link of the Google form was sent to the potential respondents through email and social media. Descriptive statistics, including frequency, percentage, mean, and standard deviation were used to analyze data in Stastical Package for the Social Sciences version 20. Ethical approval was sought from Nepal Health Research Council to conduct this study, and digital informed consent was taken from study respondants. RESULTS: The overall score of perception of online teaching-learning was 17.61±7.19, which indicated many problems in this method of teaching-learning. The mean score of perception of online teaching-learning was found to be different across sex, location of enrolled medical colleges, having a personal electronic device, having an internet connection at residence, having separate room/space for attending online classes, and self-rated computer skills. Moreover, only 28 (5.4%) of respondents had perceived online teaching-learning as a better method of delivering content of medical curricula. CONCLUSIONS: Surveyed medical students in Nepal were found to perceive many problems in online teaching-learning. Moreover, management and faculty members need to take the necessary measures for enhancing the online teaching-learning quality.

COVID-19 , Education, Medical , Students, Medical , Cross-Sectional Studies , Disease Outbreaks , Humans , Nepal/epidemiology , Perception , SARS-CoV-2