Effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the Practice of Otolaryngology

Nishat Momin, Jennifer Nguyen, Brian McKinnon

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Abstract

Objectives Otolaryngologists in Texas have been greatly affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Executive orders and professional recommendations have changed the way otolaryngologists practice. The objective of the study was to determine the effect of COVID-19 on otolaryngologists in the state of Texas. Methods We surveyed the Texas Association of Otolaryngology to evaluate burnout, research output, and ability to respond to the pandemic. We also looked at the effect of Texas governmental executive orders GA-09 and GA-15 on work hours and patient load. Results Our survey showed no significant difference in personnel contracting COVID-19 with perception of adequate personal protective equipment (P = 0.203), population density (P = 0.445), or type of practice (P = 0.763). The phenomenon of "pandemic burnout"was prevalent, with prolonged uncertainty the primary contributing factor for burnout caused by the pandemic. Conclusions The response to COVID-19 and the course of the pandemic are continuing to evolve and may play a significant role in how otolaryngologists practice and on their well-being during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-333
Number of pages7
JournalSouthern medical journal
Volume114
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • burnout
  • COVID-19
  • otolaryngology
  • pandemic
  • Texas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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