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PLoS One ; 16(12): e0260317, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1546952


BACKGROUND: During the SARS CoV-2 pandemic, telemedicine experienced an enormous boom. Also, for Parkinson's patients there are upcoming alternatives to regular care. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to interview Parkinson's patients under the impression of the first lockdown in Germany about their health care situation, but especially about the use of and attitudes towards videotherapy and -consultation. METHODS: Northern German members of the German Parkinson Association were mailed a 16-item questionnaire including demographic questions on a one-time basis. The voluntary participants answered regarding their health care situation during the first German SARS CoV-2 lockdown, as well as attitudes towards videotherapy/-consultations. RESULTS: The 332 (of 974 questionnaires) responding evaluated their care situation predominantly (58.7%) unchanged during lockdown. There was hardly any previous experience in the areas of videotherapy and -consultations (15.4% and 3%, respectively), but at the same time mostly imaginability of implementation (54.2% and 56%, respectively) and the belief that they could motivate themselves to do so (51.8%). A total of 69% welcomed technical support for the implementation of videotherapy. CONCLUSION: In principle, there seems to be both, a need and an interest in telematics in healthcare such as videotherapy and video consultations, even if further barriers such as technical implementation need to be addressed. An expansion of telemedical services and infrastructure seems desirable not only in the pandemic situation, but also in the long term against the backdrop of demographic change, especially in an area like Schleswig-Holstein. Further studies are needed.

Attitude to Health , COVID-19 , Parkinson Disease/therapy , Telemedicine , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , COVID-19/epidemiology , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Germany , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Parkinson Disease/psychology , Remote Consultation , Surveys and Questionnaires
Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz ; 63(12): 1483-1490, 2020 Dec.
Article in German | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-928411


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 pandemic poses particular challenges for people working in the medical sector. Some of the medical students and young medical professionals who are starting their work in healthcare facilities during this time are confronted with extraordinary moral challenges. A portion of them does not yet have sufficient coping skills to adequately deal with these challenges. This can lead to so-called moral distress (MoD). Permanent or intensive exposure to MoD can have serious consequences. Appropriate support services have the potential to improve the handling of MoD. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to provide an overview of the current state of research on MoD among medical students and young medical professionals in order to sensitize lecturers with responsibility for education and training and doctors in leading positions to the problem. MAIN PART: This article presents the scientific concept of MoD, known triggers, and options for prevention and intervention. The topic is presented with reference to the changes in patient care in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and research needs are presented. CONCLUSION: The article illustrates the necessity of a German-language, interdisciplinary discourse on MoD among medical students and young professionals.

Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Students, Medical , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Germany , Humans , Morals , Pandemics/prevention & control , SARS-CoV-2