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Clinical Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Practices during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic in Indonesia: An Online Nationwide Survey
Ahmad Fariz Malvi Zamzam Zein1 , Rabbinu Rangga Pribadi2 , Uswatun Khasanah3 , Muhammad Begawan Bestari4 , Ari Fahrial Syam2
1Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Swadaya Gunung Jati-Waled General Hospital, Cirebon, Indonesia
2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia-Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia
3Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Swadaya Gunung Jati, Cirebon, Indonesia
4Division of Gastroenterohepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran-Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia
Correspondence :  Ahmad Fariz Malvi Zamzam Zein ,Tel: +62-231-483928, Fax: +62-231-488923, Email: fariz_zein_dr@yahoo.com
Received: August 6, 2020  Revised: October 28, 2020   Accepted: November 29, 2020
Abstract

Background/Aims:
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has necessitated modifications to allow the safe practice of clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy. This study aimed to investigate the characteristics of clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy practices during the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia.
Methods:
This cross-sectional study enrolled physician members of the Indonesian Society for Digestive Endoscopy. We used an online self-administered questionnaire disseminated via social media. The 32-item survey determined the baseline characteristics of the participants, characteristics of clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy practices, involvement of the physicians in the management of COVID-19, and overall impact of the pandemic on practice. All collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results:
The 200 participants in this study had a median age of 50 (34–76) years. Modifications in clinical gastroenterology practice were frequently reported in the outpatient (95.5%) and inpatient (100%) settings. All participants reported changes in the gastrointestinal endoscopy practice patterns. Of the participants, 86.0% were working in high-risk zones, and several of them reported inadequate protective personal equipment (34.0%). The median overall impact score of the pandemic on practice was 9 (2–10).
Conclusions:
Physicians practicing clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy in Indonesia work in high-risk settings. Modifications in clinical gastroenterology and gastrointestinal endoscopy practices are prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key Words: Clinical; COVID-19; Gastroenterology; Gastrointestinal endoscopy; Practice
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