Availability of COVID-19 Information From National and International Aesthetic Surgery Society Websites
Journal – Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Publication date – May – 2020
Authors – Sammy Al-Benna
Keywords – Aesthetic surgery; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Internet; Medical societies; Operative surgical procedures; Pandemics; Plastic surgery; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
Open access – Yes
Speciality – Anaesthesia
World region Global
Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 2, 2020 at 11:31 am
Background: National and international aesthetic surgery society websites are an important source of information for patients and aesthetic surgeons. The current COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented global health crisis. The aim of this study was to assess the information available on national and international aesthetic surgery society websites on the current pandemic of COVID-19.
Methods: National and international aesthetic surgery society websites were assessed with regard to COVID-19 information.
Results: Thirty-one per cent of nations had aesthetic surgery society websites. Twenty-two per cent of national society websites had a specific COVID-19 section. Seventeen per cent of these websites had COVID-19-specific guidelines available; of these websites with guidelines, 77% had a specific COVID-19 section advising to provide only urgent or emergent care and 46% provided their sovereign state’s directives to provide only urgent or emergent care. Two international aesthetic surgery society websites had COVID-19-specific guidelines, and one of the two had significant educational resources.
Conclusion: The availability of COVID-19 clinical guidelines and patient information sheets on national plastic surgery society websites is sparse. In contrast, one international society website carefully analysed national and international recommendations and guidelines and made general recommendations for its members with regularly updated resources. This study suggests that improvement and increase in COVID-19 information provided by many national aesthetic surgery society websites may be improved by links to the ISAPS website.
Level of evidence iv: This journal requires that authors assign a level of evidence to each article. For a full description of these Evidence-Based Medicine ratings, please refer to the Table of Contents or the online Instructions to Authors www.springer.com/00266.
OSI Number – 20494
PMID – 32399908