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Assessing Barriers Faced by Surgeons While Providing Surgical Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Pakistan: An Online Cross-Sectional Study.
Majeed, Abdul; Hussain, Iltaf; Imran, Imran; Saleem, Muhammad Usman; Saeed, Hamid; Abrar, Muhammad Asad; Islam, Muhammad; Hashmi, Furqan K; Akbar, Muqarrab; Ramzan, Basit; Chaudhry, Muhammad Omer; Ashraf, Waseem; Rasool, Muhammad F.
  • Majeed A; Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Hussain I; Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Imran I; Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Saleem MU; Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Saeed H; University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Abrar MA; Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Islam M; University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Hashmi FK; University College of Pharmacy, University of the Punjab, Allama Iqbal Campus, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Akbar M; Department of Political Science, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Ramzan B; Al Shifa Pharmacy, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Chaudhry MO; School of Economics, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Ashraf W; Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
  • Rasool MF; Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
J Multidiscip Healthc ; 14: 665-672, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1154153
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ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND:

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only affecting public health, but it is also impairing the specialized surgical care services in the hospitals. The present study aimed to assess the barriers faced by the surgeons while performing surgical procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional, web-based survey was conducted from September 10 to October 14, 2020. The study population consisted of surgeons practicing in Kpk, Pakistan. Descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression analysis were used to analyze the data.

RESULTS:

A total of 292, out of 543, surgeons participated in the study (response rate 59.6%). The younger surgeons (25-30 years) considered the lack of policies and practices regarding exposure to COVID-19 patients as a significant barrier to their practice. The surgeons practicing in private hospitals considered themselves at a higher risk while providing surgical care to the COVID-19 patients. The non-cooperation of the patients was the main barrier in delivering surgical care services. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION The current study highlighted the barriers to the surgeons while providing surgical care to patients in the current pandemic. The most pronounced barriers to the surgeons were the lack of policies regarding exposure to COVID-19 and practice and non-cooperation of the patient. To address these barriers, it is recommended that health regulatory agencies of Pakistan should implement strict infection control practices to ensure the safety of surgeons and allied healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Observational study / Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: J Multidiscip Healthc Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Jmdh.S300008

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Type of study: Observational study / Prognostic study / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: J Multidiscip Healthc Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Jmdh.S300008