A survey among physicians in surgery and anesthesiology departments after the first surge of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Germany : Preparing for further challenges ahead

dc.contributor.authorGrishina, A.
dc.contributor.authorLink, F.
dc.contributor.authorArend, A.
dc.contributor.authorKleemann, F.
dc.contributor.authorTober-Lau, P.
dc.contributor.authorAndree, D.
dc.contributor.authorMünn, F.
dc.contributor.authorGruendl, M.
dc.contributor.authorQuante, M.
dc.contributor.authorLederhuber, H.
dc.contributor.authorAlbertsmeier, M.
dc.contributor.authorStruller, F.
dc.contributor.authorGrützmann, R.
dc.contributor.authorKönigsrainer, A.
dc.contributor.authorLöffler, M. W.
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The SARS-CoV‑2 pandemic has extensively challenged healthcare systems all over the world. Many elective operations were postponed or cancelled, changing priorities and workflows in surgery departments. AIMS: The primary aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess the workload and psychosocial burden of surgeons and anesthesiologists, working in German hospitals during the first wave of SARS-CoV‑2 infections in 2020. METHODS: Quantitative online survey on the workplace situation including psychosocial and work-related stress factors among resident and board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists. Physicians in German hospitals across all levels of healthcare were contacted via departments, professional associations and social media posts. RESULTS: Among 154 total study participants, 54% of respondents stated a lack of personal protective equipment in their own wards and 56% reported increased staff shortages since the onset of the pandemic. While routine practice was reported as fully resumed in 71% of surgery departments at the time of the survey, work-related dissatisfaction among responding surgeons and anesthesiologists increased from 24% before the pandemic to 36% after the first wave of infections. As a countermeasure, 94% of participants deemed the establishment of action plans to increase pandemic preparedness and strengthening German public health systems a useful measure to respond to current challenges. CONCLUSION: The aftermath of the first wave of SARS-CoV‑2 infections in Germany has left the surgical staff strained, despite temporarily decreased workloads. Overall, a critical review of the altered conditions is indispensable to identify and promote effective solutions and prudent action plans required to address imminent challenges.
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dc.identifier.citationWien Klin Wochenschr. 2022 Jan 21. doi: 10.1007/s00508-021-02000-z.
dc.identifier.journalWiener klinische Wochenschrift
dc.rights© 2022. The Author(s).
dc.subjectStress factors
dc.subjectWork-related dissatisfaction
dc.subjectWorking conditions
dc.titleA survey among physicians in surgery and anesthesiology departments after the first surge of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Germany : Preparing for further challenges ahead
dc.typeJournal Article