ISSN: 2149-2247 | E-ISSN: 2149-2549
Volume : 45 Issue : 1 Year : 2023
Experience of Noninfectious Disease Doctors Redeployed to COVID-19 Duties in a Tertiary Center [Erciyes Med J]
Erciyes Med J. 2023; 45(1): 84-89 | DOI: 10.14744/etd.2022.90008

Experience of Noninfectious Disease Doctors Redeployed to COVID-19 Duties in a Tertiary Center

Jeyasakthy Saniasiaya, Jeyanthi Kulasegarah, Narayanan Prepageran, Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal Tengku Omar
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Malaya University Faculty of Medicine,WP Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Objective: The global healthcare system was severely impacted by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Healthcare professionals, especially doctors, faced a tremendous amount of responsibility irrespective of the specialty and levels of experience. The majority of nations saw physicians from all medical specialties relocate to COVID-19 wards. Working outside of one’s comfort zone would have a significant psychosocial impact, especially in a crisis like the pandemic. To describe the experience of noninfectious disease physicians redeployed to COVID-19 duties.
Materials and Methods: All noninfectious disease physicians who were redeployed to COVID-19 duties received a Google form with 25 questions. Using the Pearson chi-squared test and the Fisher exact test, the relationship between survey responses and working experience and department was investigated. Statistical threshold was set at p<0.05.
Results: Out of 180 respondents, 114 completed the survey in total. Most of the participants were female (64.9%) aged between 31–40 years old (86.8%) with 64.9% having 5–10 years of working experience. During the redeployment, 57% of respondents reported experiencing psychological effects, and 73.7% felt underprepared. However, 71.1% said their assignment to COVID-19 wards was beneficial, and 38.4% were willing to receive redeployment.
Conclusion: The results of the survey indicate that COVID-19 ward redeployment was successful because participants believed their participation was important and the lead team in the COVID-19 wards offered enough direction and assistance. Doctors are prepared to safely treat COVID-19 patients, thanks to the intensive crash course and their fundamental medical knowledge.

Keywords: Coronavirus disease 2019, severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2, redeployment COVID-19, health-care workers

Jeyasakthy Saniasiaya, Jeyanthi Kulasegarah, Narayanan Prepageran, Tengku Ahmad Shahrizal Tengku Omar. Experience of Noninfectious Disease Doctors Redeployed to COVID-19 Duties in a Tertiary Center. Erciyes Med J. 2023; 45(1): 84-89

Corresponding Author: Jeyasakthy Saniasiaya, Malaysia
Manuscript Language: English
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