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Int J Environ Res Public Health ; 19(8)2022 04 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1875555

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Pregnant women are more susceptible to influenza virus infections due to the immunological and physiological changes in the course of pregnancy. Vaccination during pregnancy is a safe and effective method for protecting both the mothers and the infants from influenza and its complications. This study was conducted in order to determine the knowledge and attitudes of Polish pregnant women towards influenza vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. A questionnaire-based and self-administered study was carried out fully online and a total of 515 women participated. A total of 52% (n = 268) of surveyed women answered that vaccination against influenza during pregnancy was safe. However, only 21% (n = 108) were vaccinated against influenza during their current pregnancy and 17.5% (n = 90) intended to be vaccinated. The participants indicated many concerns about getting vaccinated during pregnancy, but also many benefits that come with the vaccination. General knowledge about influenza, its complications, and vaccination was quite high in the study group.


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COVID-19 , Influenza Vaccines , Influenza, Human , Pregnancy Complications, Infectious , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Female , Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice , Humans , Influenza Vaccines/therapeutic use , Influenza, Human/epidemiology , Influenza, Human/prevention & control , Male , Pandemics/prevention & control , Patient Acceptance of Health Care , Poland/epidemiology , Pregnancy , Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/epidemiology , Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/prevention & control , Pregnant Women , Vaccination
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EuropePMC; 2021.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-323496

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Background: The COVID-19 pandemic and the implemented restrictions have changed the functioning of healthcare systems worldwide. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of the present epidemiological situation on their decisions about undergoing weight loss surgery.MethodsData was collected with a national online survey from 906 bariatric patients.Results In spite of the pandemic and the associated risk of developing COVID-19, 443 responders (48.9%) would decide to undergo bariatric surgery in the current situation. Awareness of negative impact of obesity on the COVID-19 treatment had only marginable impact on decision making (76.59% vs 75.26%;p<0.80). Responders who had contact with people potentially infected with COVID-19 would prefer not to undergo surgery at the moment (3.02% vs 4.40%;p<0.55). There was a positive correlation between the BMI and the willingness for bariatric surgery (37.43±9.06 vs 34.93±8.67;p<0.001).ConclusionThe level of consciousness about the advantages of operative treatment is high among bariatric patients. Therefore, a large proportion of patients is determined to have bariatric treatment even during the pandemic, being aware of the increased risk of worse pace of COVID-19 disease in case of obesity and related diseases.

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Int J Gynecol Cancer ; 31(5): 658-669, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1554526

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This is a report from the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology State-of-the-Art Virtual Meeting held December 14-16, 2020. The unique 3-day conference offered comprehensive state-of-the-art summaries on the major advances in the treatment of different types of gynecological cancers. Sessions opened with a case presentation followed by a keynote lecture and interactive debates with opinion leaders in the field. The speakers also presented scientific reviews on the clinical trial landscape in collaboration with the European Network of Gynecological Oncological Trial (ENGOT) groups. In addition, the new ESGO-ESRTO-ESP endometrial cancer guidelines were officially presented in public. This paper describes the key information and latest studies that were presented for the first time at the conference.


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Genital Neoplasms, Female/therapy , Gynecology , Medical Oncology , Europe , Female , Humans , Societies, Medical
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Medicina (Kaunas) ; 57(8)2021 Jul 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1325734

ABSTRACT

Background: the COVID-19 pandemic and the implemented restrictions have changed the functioning of healthcare systems worldwide. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the impact of the present epidemiological situation on patients' decisions about undergoing weight loss surgery. Methods: data were collected from 906 bariatric patients by the means of a national online survey, the majority of whom were women (87.9%). The survey started on 9 April 2020 and was open until 28 April 2020. The questionnaire included multiple choice and open questions, divided into three chapters: general information about the patient, life during the COVID-19 pandemic, and bariatric care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results: despite the pandemic and the associated risk of COVID-19 infection, 443 responders (48.9%) would have decided to undergo bariatric surgery. Awareness of the negative impact of obesity on the course of COVID-19 illness had only marginable impact on patients' decision-making (76.6% vs. 75.3%; p < 0.80). Contact with COVID-19 prior to the survey had a negative impact on the willingness to undergo bariatric surgery (3.0% vs. 4.4%; p < 0.55). There was a positive correlation between the BMI and preference for bariatric surgery in the time of the pandemic (37.4 ± 9.0 vs. 34.9 ± 8.7; p < 0.001). Conclusions: the level of awareness about the advantages of operative treatment of obesity is high among bariatric patients. The majority of patients awaiting bariatric surgery at the moment of the survey were positive about undergoing bariatric surgery despite the increased risk of a serious course of COVID-19 infection. Therefore, a large proportion of patients was determined to have bariatric treatment even during the pandemic, being aware of the increased risk of worse pace of COVID-19 disease in case of obesity and related diseases.


Subject(s)
Bariatric Surgery , COVID-19 , Female , Humans , Male , Obesity/epidemiology , Obesity/surgery , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2
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Ginekol Pol ; 93(5): 345-350, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1311441

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OBJECTIVES: The study was conducted in order to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fertility intentions among the Polish population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional, questionnaire-based online study was carried out among Polish adults in order to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the reproductive plans of the Polish society. A total of 984 participants correctly completed the survey. RESULTS: The pandemic has affected the reproductive intentions of 22% (n = 216) of the respondents, most of them want to have a child later than they previously planned (74.1%). The relationship between the change in reproductive intentions and the concerns about the pandemic was found. Most of those who changed their plans were afraid that the access to prenatal care and delivery services could be limited (86.6%) or were afraid about giving birth at the hospital (81%). More than half (51.9%) of those who changed reproductive plans were afraid of losing their income and 40.3% had already experienced a decrease in their income. The change in partner's emotional relationships was also observed. More than half of respondents (56.7%) admitted that during the pandemic they had developed a deeper emotional relationship with their partners or felt more emotionally supported (56.6%). Most participants responded that the frequency of their sexual intercourses was not affected (66.7%) and that they had not experienced limited access to contraceptives (95.1%) during the pandemic. CONCLUSIONS: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Polish people's reproductive intentions. Concerns related to healthcare access and the economic difficulties have the most significant impact.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Adult , COVID-19/epidemiology , Child , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Humans , Intention , Pandemics , Poland/epidemiology , Pregnancy
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Medicina (Kaunas) ; 57(5)2021 May 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1234774

ABSTRACT

Background and Objectives: Social isolation and lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic have influenced dietary habits and physical activity of all the population, but the obese population is the most vulnerable to weight gain. Material and Methods: A group of 189 patients (166 female and 23 male) from the bariatric surgery waiting list filled in a survey about the influence of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown on their dietary habits, physical activity, and the possibility of contact with their bariatric care center. Results: The majority of patients with weight gain declared a decrease in physical activity, compared to half of the patients without weight gain (50.5% vs. 74.5%, p < 0.05). The continuation of bariatric care and the possibility of contact with a bariatric surgeon, dietician, and psychologist had each significant influence on reducing the risk of patients' weight gain (p < 0.05). Conclusions: Maintaining physical activity and contact with bariatric care specialists are important factors in allowing to avoid weight gain in patients waiting for bariatric surgery.


Subject(s)
Bariatric Surgery , COVID-19 , Communicable Disease Control , Female , Humans , Male , Pandemics/prevention & control , SARS-CoV-2 , Waiting Lists
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