Physician preparedness in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: a cross-sectional study from a developing country
journal contributionposted on 04.02.2022, 16:24 by Laila Hashim, Hamza R Khan, Irfan Ullah, Maida Khalid, Talal Almas, Syed Muhammad Jawad Zaidi, Maryam Ehtesham, Muhammad Ali Niaz, Absam Akbar, Abdul Haadi
Background: December 2019 marked the inception of a global pandemic, with cases being reported worldwide. In the developing nations with scarce healthcare resources, the reliance on healthcare workers who are amply prepared to withstand the prevailing scenario is indispensable. Our study aimed to assess the level of preparedness of doctors working in various hospitals across Pakistan to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Methods: We conducted an online questionnaire-based survey in May 2020 to estimate the level of preparedness of doctors working in various departments of various private and public hospitals across Pakistan. The survey comprised 36 questions, with items evaluating the provision of adequate protective equipment, training, mental health resources, and sound collaboration between healthcare workers and the hospital management during the COVID-19 crisis.
Results: A total of 346 doctors responded to the survey, among whom 56.4% were working in public sector hospitals and 46.5% were working more than five days per week. Of those included, 87.6% were being provided with disposable gloves, but 72.8% and 43.4% of respondents professed to having no access to eye protective equipment and gowns, respectively. Only 35.3% of respondents claimed to be trained regarding the use of personal protective equipment and 28.95% were being tested. Of the physicians, 43.4% claimed to have no proper triage system for the suspected patients and 98.3% were concerned about transmitting the disease to their family members. Of the doctors, 53.5% reported that there was sound collaboration between the hospital management and healthcare staff.
Conclusion: The survey provided evidence of inadequate delivery of personal protective equipment and training to doctors working in various hospitals across Pakistan. A sound collaboration between the hospital management and departments needs to be addressed.
CommentsThe original article is available at https://www.cureus.com/
Published CitationHashim L, et al. Physician preparedness in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: a cross-sectional study from a developing country. Cureus. 2020;12(9):e10383.
Publication Date11 September 2020
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