Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis
AuthorGravas, S; Bolton, D; Gomez, R; Klotz, L; Kulkarni, S; Tanguay, S; de la Rosette, J
Source TitleJournal of Clinical Medicine
University of Melbourne Author/sBolton, Damien
AffiliationSurgery (Austin & Northern Health)
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGravas, S., Bolton, D., Gomez, R., Klotz, L., Kulkarni, S., Tanguay, S. & de la Rosette, J. (2020). Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MEDICINE, 9 (6), https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9061730.
Access StatusOpen Access
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.
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