Otorhinolaryngology in the COVID-19 era: Are there significant
differences between hospital-based and private practices?
AbstractObjectives The COVID-19 disease had an incredible impact on both
hospital-based and private practices in the field of otorhinolaryngology
and head and neck surgery. Practical issues faced by both types of
practice were not well addressed in most studies. A national study was
designed to address these issues. Design Prospective questionnaire-based
study Setting Online google questionnaire sent to members of the Czech
Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery Participants
All doctors practicing Otorhinolaryngology in Czech Republic with access
to online link to questionnaire between 15th April and 26th April 2020.
Main outcome measures Primary aims of the study was to evaluate any
significant differences between the two types of practice in the field
of Otorhinolaryngology. We formulated null hypotheses stating there were
no statistical differences in the preparation and availability of
personal protective equipment amongst both practices a month after the
first cases of COVID-19 in Czech Republic. Statistical analyses
including the Mann-Whitney U test were performed to test the hypotheses.
Results Analysis and results were based on completion of the entire
questionnaire by the doctors. There were no statistically significant
differences between both the practices, however individual analyses of
both the practices showed a different outcome. Conclusion Despite our
statistical results, it was observed that private practices faced more
deficits and were more financially vulnerable. They were also other
issues reported by both practices that could compromise the care of
patients, functioning of workplaces and support of doctors.