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Article: Learning from the past: did experience with previous epidemics help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among spine surgeons worldwide?

TitleLearning from the past: did experience with previous epidemics help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among spine surgeons worldwide?
Authors
KeywordsCOVID-19
Coronavirus
Spine
Surgeons
Worldwide
Issue Date2020
PublisherSpringer. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/medicine/orthopedics/journal/586
Citation
European Spine Journal, 2020, Epub 2020-06-04 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose: Spine surgeons around the world have been universally impacted by COVID-19. The current study addressed whether prior experience with disease epidemics among the spine surgeon community had an impact on preparedness and response toward COVID-19. Methods: A 73-item survey was distributed to spine surgeons worldwide via AO Spine. Questions focused on: demographics, COVID-19 preparedness, response, and impact. Respondents with and without prior epidemic experience (e.g., SARS, H1NI, MERS) were assessed on preparedness and response via univariate and multivariate modeling. Results of the survey were compared against the Global Health Security Index. Results: Totally, 902 surgeons from 7 global regions completed the survey. 24.2% of respondents had prior experience with global health crises. Only 49.6% reported adequate access to personal protective equipment. There were no differences in preparedness reported by respondents with prior epidemic exposure. Government and hospital responses were fairly consistent around the world. Prior epidemic experience did not impact the presence of preparedness guidelines. There were subtle differences in sources of stress, coping strategies, performance of elective surgeries, and impact on income driven by prior epidemic exposure. 94.7% expressed a need for formal, international guidelines to help mitigate the impact of the current and future pandemics. Conclusions: This is the first study to note that prior experience with infectious disease crises did not appear to help spine surgeons prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic. Based on survey results, the GHSI was not an effective measure of COVID-19 preparedness. Formal international guidelines for crisis preparedness are needed to mitigate future pandemics.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/283391
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2019 Impact Factor: 2.458
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.972

 

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dc.contributor.authorWeiner, JA-
dc.contributor.authorSwiatek, PR-
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, DJ-
dc.contributor.authorLouie, PK-
dc.contributor.authorHarada, GK-
dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, MH-
dc.contributor.authorGermscheid, N-
dc.contributor.authorCheung, JPY-
dc.contributor.authorNeva, MH-
dc.contributor.authorEl-Sharkawi, M-
dc.contributor.authorValacco, M-
dc.contributor.authorSciubba, DM-
dc.contributor.authorChutken, NB-
dc.contributor.authorAn, HS-
dc.contributor.authorSamartzis, D-
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-22T02:55:50Z-
dc.date.available2020-06-22T02:55:50Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationEuropean Spine Journal, 2020, Epub 2020-06-04-
dc.identifier.issn0940-6719-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/283391-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Spine surgeons around the world have been universally impacted by COVID-19. The current study addressed whether prior experience with disease epidemics among the spine surgeon community had an impact on preparedness and response toward COVID-19. Methods: A 73-item survey was distributed to spine surgeons worldwide via AO Spine. Questions focused on: demographics, COVID-19 preparedness, response, and impact. Respondents with and without prior epidemic experience (e.g., SARS, H1NI, MERS) were assessed on preparedness and response via univariate and multivariate modeling. Results of the survey were compared against the Global Health Security Index. Results: Totally, 902 surgeons from 7 global regions completed the survey. 24.2% of respondents had prior experience with global health crises. Only 49.6% reported adequate access to personal protective equipment. There were no differences in preparedness reported by respondents with prior epidemic exposure. Government and hospital responses were fairly consistent around the world. Prior epidemic experience did not impact the presence of preparedness guidelines. There were subtle differences in sources of stress, coping strategies, performance of elective surgeries, and impact on income driven by prior epidemic exposure. 94.7% expressed a need for formal, international guidelines to help mitigate the impact of the current and future pandemics. Conclusions: This is the first study to note that prior experience with infectious disease crises did not appear to help spine surgeons prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic. Based on survey results, the GHSI was not an effective measure of COVID-19 preparedness. Formal international guidelines for crisis preparedness are needed to mitigate future pandemics.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherSpringer. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/medicine/orthopedics/journal/586-
dc.relation.ispartofEuropean Spine Journal-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectCOVID-19-
dc.subjectCoronavirus-
dc.subjectSpine-
dc.subjectSurgeons-
dc.subjectWorldwide-
dc.titleLearning from the past: did experience with previous epidemics help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 among spine surgeons worldwide?-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCheung, JPY: cheungjp@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityCheung, JPY=rp01685-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00586-020-06477-6-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85086006326-
dc.identifier.hkuros310636-
dc.identifier.volumeEpub 2020-06-04-
dc.publisher.placeGermany-

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