We are currently experiencing a global pneumonia pandemic lacking any recent precedent, caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). To date, it has infected over 167,600,000 persons worldwide. Drastic measures have been taken by governments and public health officials in an attempt to decrease the spread of this infection. These measures have included restrictions on border crossing, airline travel, work, and gathering of people for any reason. Further, medical and surgical care pathways during the pandemic have been variably. Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) is considered a high-risk setting for the possible transmission of SARS-CoV-2 infection and safer surgical pathways are imperative while maintaining services for those at need. The impact of both the infection and the responses taken may be affecting persons working in high-risk settings as OHNS.
As the impact of the infection and the responses to it may be significant in high-risk surgical settings as OHNS and be far-reaching, we aim to explore these measures on the health of individuals working in these settings.
We are inviting any English-speaking health care provider working in the OHNS setting to complete this survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online, anonymous survey. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on certain responses which may have follow-up questions. An email address can be left optionally if you are interested in being contacted for a follow-up interview and this data will be stored separate to your survey responses to ensure that there is no identifying information linked and all data will be analyzed in aggregate.
To learn more and to complete the survey, click here.