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Physician’s Hesitancy in Treating COVID-19 Patients and Its Associated Occupational Risk Factors in Indonesia: An Online Cross-Sectional Survey

Version 1 : Received: 29 May 2022 / Approved: 31 May 2022 / Online: 31 May 2022 (03:26:46 CEST)

How to cite: Soemarko, D.S.; Kekalih, A.; Syam, A.F.; Yunihastuti, E.; Herikurniawan, H.; Yosia, M. Physician’s Hesitancy in Treating COVID-19 Patients and Its Associated Occupational Risk Factors in Indonesia: An Online Cross-Sectional Survey. Preprints 2022, 2022050408 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0408.v1). Soemarko, D.S.; Kekalih, A.; Syam, A.F.; Yunihastuti, E.; Herikurniawan, H.; Yosia, M. Physician’s Hesitancy in Treating COVID-19 Patients and Its Associated Occupational Risk Factors in Indonesia: An Online Cross-Sectional Survey. Preprints 2022, 2022050408 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202205.0408.v1).

Abstract

This study is a cross-sectional survey involving physicians around Indonesia aimed to explore physician hesitancy to treat COVID-19 patients after experiencing COVID-19 infection coupled with associated occupational risk factors. The questionnaire was distributed via contact information from the Indonesian Physician Association database. Out of 383 participants, 25.6% suffered from moderate symptoms of COVID-19 and 2.9% were admitted for critical care. Hesitancy to treat suspected, probable, or confirmed COVID-19 patients was found in 20.3% of physicians. A higher hesitancy rate was found in older physicians and those with less experience in treating COVID-19 patients. Specialist trainees and those who work in public hospitals were physicians with the lowest hesitancy in treating COVID-19 patients. There is a significant hesitancy in treating COVID-19 patients among physicians who have suffered from COVID-19 which calls for further action by management and policy makers.

Keywords

hesitancy; covid-19; post-covid; medical doctors; indonesia

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, General Medical Research

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