Paediatric surgical response to an ‘adult’ covid-19 pandemic

Mahat, N.B. and Zubaidi, S.A. and Kyaw, S.H.H. and Nah, Shireen Anne Han Yien (2021) Paediatric surgical response to an ‘adult’ covid-19 pandemic. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 76 (3). pp. 284-290. ISSN 0300-5283, DOI 34031324.

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Introduction: The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has dramatically affected global healthcare systems. We aimed to determine the response of our paediatric surgical fraternity to a disease that overwhelmingly affects adults. Materials and Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study over 6 weeks during a federally mandated lockdown. Using snowball sampling, we recruited paediatric surgeons, trainees and medical officers from paediatric surgical units in Malaysia. The anonymous online questionnaire covered sociodemographic information, changes in patient care, redeployment, concerns regarding family members, and impact on training. Mental well-being was assessed using the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-21). Kruskal-Wallis, ANOVA and multiple regression analysis was used, with significance level 0.05. Results: Of the 129 eligible participants, 100(77) responded. Junior doctors had clinically higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress. Age <30 years was significantly associated with anxiety. Junior doctors believed that redeployment led to loss of surgical skills (p<0.001) and trainees felt that clinical application of knowledge had reduced (p<0.020). Conclusion: Specific to our paediatric surgical community, this study highlights areas of concern, particularly among junior doctors. It is likely that recurrent cycles of the pandemic will occur soon. These issues must be addressed to preserve the mental and emotional well-being of all health care workers. © 2021, Malaysian Medical Association. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health care workers; Mental well being; Pandemic; Psychosocial impact; Training
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Paediatrics Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2024 03:29
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2024 03:29

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