The attitude of Turkish general surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results of "general surgery COVID-19 pandemic attitude survey"
AuthorColakoglu, Muhammet Kadri
Özgun, Yigit Mehmet
Bostanci, Erdal Birol
Ozmen, Mehmet Mahir
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CitationColakoglu, M. K., Ozgun, Y. M., Piskin, E., Bostanci, E. B., & Ozmen, M. M. (2020). The attitude of Turkish general surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic: results of" general surgery COVID-19 pandemic attitude survey"/COVID-19 salgini sirasinda Turk genel cerrahlarinin tutumu:" Genel cerrahi COVID-19 pandemi tutum arastirmasi" sonuclari. Turkish Journal of Surgery, 36(2), 137-147.
Objective: The whole world is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and healthcare professionals are the most affected group. The aim of this study was to evaluate the knowledge of general surgeons about COVID-19 and understand the attitude and current situation of our colleagues. Material and Methods: This descriptive study comprised general surgeons working in different parts of Turkey. A survey with 23 questions was prepared to determine the demographic characteristics of the participants, workplace characteristics, change in daily work practices and their attitudes in the pandemic process. Results: A total of 332 forms were evaluated. Survey results show that the majority of surgeons have changed their daily surgical practices. Many surgeons take part in the treatment of COVID-19. While most benign cases are delayed, the managemet of malignant cases differs. There are also differences in the evaluation of patients preoperatively and the type of operation. Personal protective measures are followed. While the rate of infected surgeons is low, the majority of surgeons have concerns about infection. Conclusion: Turkish surgeons have managed to get a quick reaction from the start of the pandemic. However, there are still differences in preoperative patient evaluation and operation selection and precautions during the operation. Surgeons also should be informed about the management of malignant patients.