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|Title:||Impact of COVID-19 on Urology Practice: A Global Perspective and Snapshot Analysis.|
|Authors:||Gravas, Stavros;Bolton, Damien M;Gomez, Reynaldo;Klotz, Laurence;Kulkarni, Sanjay;Tanguay, Simon;de la Rosette, Jean|
|Affiliation:||Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, 41110 Larissa, Greece|
Department of Urology, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Universidad Andres Bello, Hospital del Trabajador de Santiago, Santiago 7550196, Chile
Division of Urology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5, Canada
Kulkarni Reconstructive Urology Center, Pune 411038, India
Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 1A1, Canada
Department of Urology, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul 34214, Turkey
|Citation:||Journal of clinical medicine 2020; 9(6): E1730|
|Abstract:||The global impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on urology practice remains unknown. Self-selected urologists worldwide completed an online survey by the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). A total of 2494 urologists from 76 countries responded, including 1161 (46.6%) urologists in an academic setting, 719 (28.8%) in a private practice, and 614 (24.6%) in the public sector. The largest proportion (1074 (43.1%)) were from Europe, with the remainder from East/Southeast Asia (441 (17.7%)), West/Southwest Asia (386 (15.5%)), Africa (209 (8.4%)), South America (198 (7.9%)), and North America (186 (7.5%)). An analysis of differences in responses was carried out by region and practice setting. The results reveal significant restrictions in outpatient consultation and non-emergency surgery, with nonspecific efforts towards additional precautions for preventing the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery. These restrictions were less notable in East/Southeast Asia. Urologists often bear the decision-making responsibility regarding access to elective surgery (40.3%). Restriction of both outpatient clinics and non-emergency surgery is considerable worldwide but is lower in East/Southeast Asia. Measures to control the spread of COVID-19 during emergency surgery are common but not specific. The pandemic has had a profound impact on urology practice. There is an urgent need to provide improved guidance for this and future pandemics.|
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