Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis

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Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis

Journaljournal of clinical medicine
Publication date – Jun – 2020
Authors – Stavros Gravas , Damien Bolton , Reynaldo Gomez , Laurence Klotz , Sanjay Kulkarni , Simon Tanguay , Jean de la Rosette
Keywordscoronavirus; covid-19; pandemic; practice management; sars cov-2; urology
Open access – Yes
SpecialityUrology surgery
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Abstract:

The global impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on urology practice remains unknown. Self-selected urologists worldwide completed an online survey by the Société Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). A total of 2494 urologists from 76 countries responded, including 1161 (46.6%) urologists in an academic setting, 719 (28.8%) in a private practice, and 614 (24.6%) in the public sector. The largest proportion (1074 (43.1%)) were from Europe, with the remainder from East/Southeast Asia (441 (17.7%)), West/Southwest Asia (386 (15.5%)), Africa (209 (8.4%)), South America (198 (7.9%)), and North America (186 (7.5%)). An analysis of differences in responses was carried out by region and practice setting. The results reveal significant restrictions in outpatient consultation and non-emergency surgery, with nonspecific efforts towards additional precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery. These restrictions were less notable in East/Southeast Asia. Urologists often bear the decision-making responsibility regarding access to elective surgery (40.3%). Restriction of both outpatient clinics and non-emergency surgery is considerable worldwide but is lower in East/Southeast Asia. Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery are common but not specific. The pandemic has had a profound impact on urology practice. There is an urgent need to provide improved guidance for this and future pandemics.

OSI Number – 20536
PMID – 32503305

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