Psychological, Social and Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on Clinical Practices and Academic Activities of Pakistani Ophthalmologists

Doi: 10.36351/pjo.v37i1.1121

  • Muhammad Saeed Iqbal
  • Kanwal Latif Dr
Keywords: COVID-19, Pakistan, Ophthalmologists, Clinical Practice.

Abstract

Purpose:  To assess the psychological, social and financial impacts of Coronavirus disease of 2019 (COVID-19) on clinical practices and academic activities of ophthalmologists throughout Pakistan.

Study Design:  Cross sectional survey.

Place and Duration of Study:  Ophthalmology Department, Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Karachi.

Methods:  A self-designed survey was conducted among eye care practitioners working in various regions of Pakistan by using the online survey application named www.surveymonkey.com. The survey consisted of a 10-item questionnaire conceptualized to assess the mental health of ophthalmologists and their social and financial concerns during current COVID-19 pandemic. Data collection included the demographics details, questions assessing the psychological, financial and social influences of COVID-19 and strategies to combat the current situation.

Results:  Total of 360 valid responses were received. The individual response data was descriptively presented in frequencies and percentages without statistical analysis. Despite online facilities, 57.50% accepted that COVID has brought strain on academic activities. Eighty-eight percent ophthalmologists described decrease patient’s volume and surgeries as the main reasons of reduced income. Majority (72.50%) had closed the services due to fear of getting infected. To the solutions for reducing the viral spread, 60% favored to deal only with emergencies and vision-threatening diseases, 27.50% supported the continuity of all ophthalmic services and only 5% opted to ban the clinical work.

Conclusion:  Majority of the ophthalmologists were psychologically and financially stressed during COVID-19 and had fearful concerns regarding their clinical practices and academic activities.

Key Words:  COVID-19, Pakistan, Ophthalmologists, Clinical Practice.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Saeed Iqbal

MBBS, FCPS(Ophth), FRCS(Glasg)

Professor & Head of Ophthalmology Department, Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences, Karachi.

Kanwal Latif, Dr

MBBS, FCPS, FRCS

 Assistant Professor, Sir Syed College of Medical Sciences & Hospital, Karachi.

Published
2020-11-30
How to Cite
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Iqbal MS, Latif K. Psychological, Social and Financial Impacts of COVID-19 on Clinical Practices and Academic Activities of Pakistani Ophthalmologists. pjo [Internet]. 30Nov.2020 [cited 16Jan.2021];37(1). Available from: https://pjo.org.pk/index.php/pjo/article/view/1121
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