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Original Article

Results of a questionnaire survey regarding the activity statuses of pulmonologists in administrating coronavirus infectious disease 2019 medical care

Keisuke Kamadaa  Satoshi Konnoa  Takeshi Kanekob  Koichi Fukunagac  Yoshinori Hasegawad  Akihito Yokoyamae 

aDepartment of Respiratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido University
bDepartment of Pulmonology, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine
cDivision of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine
dNagoya Medical Center, National Hospital Organization
eDepartment of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Kochi University, Kochi Medical School Hospital

ABSTRACT

To understand the actual roles played by pulmonologists in the provision of coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) medical care and to clarify the challenges in their work environments, we conducted a questionnaire survey involving 848 institutions. Overall, 216 institutions (25.5%) responded. Of the institutions with experience in treating confirmed cases of COVID-19, 41.5% entrusted their pulmonology departments with primary responsibility for treating >76% of cases. These results demonstrate that pulmonologists have been playing a central role in handling COVID-19 cases in the majority of these institutions. Although 57.4% of medical institutions have reduced their regular medical care work in respiratory medicine due to COVID-19, 62.5% responded that they experienced an increase in their workload due to the COVID-19-related additional duties. Owing to the excessive workload, 85.2% of institutions were under heavy stress because of the increased risk of infection due to the shortage of personal protective equipment. Furthermore, 28.7% of institutions responded that some of their staff members or patients had been subjected to some form of harassment concerning COVID-19.

KEYWORDS

Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19)  Pulmonologist  Questionnaire 

Received 29 May 2020 / Accepted 4 Jun 2020

AJRS, 9(4): 233-238, 2020

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