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Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak.
Front Public Health. 2021; 9:580427.FP

Abstract

Background:

The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by a novel coronavirus (named SARS-CoV-2) has gained attention globally and has been recognized as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the rapidly increasing number of deaths and confirmed cases. Health care workers (HCWs) are vulnerable to this crisis as they are the first frontline to receive and manage COVID-19 patients. In this multicenter multinational survey, we aim to assess the level of awareness and preparedness of hospital staff regarding COVID-19 all over the world.

Methods:

From February to March 2020, the web-based or paper-based survey to gather information about the hospital staff's awareness and preparedness in the participants' countries will be carried out using a structured questionnaire based on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) checklist and delivered to participants by the local collaborators for each hospital. As of March 2020, we recruited 374 hospitals from 58 countries that could adhere to this protocol as approved by their Institutional Review Boards (IRB) or Ethics Committees (EC). Discussion: The awareness and preparedness of HCWs against COVID-19 are of utmost importance not only to protect themselves from infection, but also to control the virus transmission in healthcare facilities and to manage the disease, especially in the context of manpower lacking and hospital overload during the pandemic. The results of this survey can be used to inform hospitals about the awareness and preparedness of their health staff regarding COVID-19, so appropriate policies and practice guidelines can be implemented to improve their capabilities of facing this crisis and other future pandemic-prone diseases.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Lower Westchester Medical Associates, P.C., Mount Vernon, New York, NY, United States. Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. School of Medical Sciences, University Sains Malaysia, Kelantan, Malaysia.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. University College of Medical Sciences & Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Dilshad Garden, India.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Government of Bangladesh, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Central Department of Microbiology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza, Palestine.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira, Wad Medani, Sudan.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Division of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery and Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.Institute of Tropical Medicine and School of Tropical Diseases and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.P.N. Lee Statistics and Computing Ltd, Surrey, United Kingdom.Department of Disease Control, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom.Institute of Tropical Medicine and School of Tropical Diseases and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. Department of Disease Control, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom.Institute of Tropical Medicine and School of Tropical Diseases and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.Online Research Club (http://www.onlineresearchclub.org), Nagasaki, Japan. Institute of Tropical Medicine and School of Tropical Diseases and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34277529

Citation

Qarawi, Ahmad Taysir Atieh, et al. "Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak." Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 9, 2021, p. 580427.
Qarawi ATA, Ng SJ, Gad A, et al. Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. Front Public Health. 2021;9:580427.
Qarawi, A. T. A., Ng, S. J., Gad, A., Luu, M. N., Al-Ahdal, T. M. A., Sharma, A., Huan, V. T., Vuong, N. L., Tawfik, G. M., Hashan, M. R., Dumre, S. P., Ghozy, S., Shaikhkhalil, H. W., Mahmoud, M. H., Alhady, S. T. M., Nam, N. H., Islam, S. M. S., Smith, C., Lee, P., ... Huy, N. T. (2021). Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 580427. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.580427
Qarawi ATA, et al. Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. Front Public Health. 2021;9:580427. PubMed PMID: 34277529.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Study Protocol for a Global Survey: Awareness and Preparedness of Hospital Staff Against Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak. AU - Qarawi,Ahmad Taysir Atieh, AU - Ng,Sze Jia, AU - Gad,Abdelrahman, AU - Luu,Mai Ngoc, AU - Al-Ahdal,Tareq Mohammed Ali, AU - Sharma,Akash, AU - Huan,Vuong Thanh, AU - Vuong,Nguyen Lam, AU - Tawfik,Gehad Mohamed, AU - Hashan,Mohammad Rashidul, AU - Dumre,Shyam Prakash, AU - Ghozy,Sherief, AU - Shaikhkhalil,Hosam Waleed, AU - Mahmoud,Mona Hanafy, AU - Alhady,Shamael Thabit Mohammed, AU - Nam,Nguyen Hai, AU - Islam,Sheikh Mohammed Shariful, AU - Smith,Chris, AU - Lee,Peter, AU - Chico,R Matthew, AU - Cox,Sharon, AU - Hirayama,Kenji, AU - Huy,Nguyen Tien, Y1 - 2021/07/01/ PY - 2020/11/09/received PY - 2021/06/01/accepted PY - 2021/7/19/entrez PY - 2021/7/20/pubmed PY - 2021/7/22/medline KW - COVID-19 KW - awareness KW - global survey KW - hospital staff KW - preparedness SP - 580427 EP - 580427 JF - Frontiers in public health JO - Front Public Health VL - 9 N2 - Background: The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by a novel coronavirus (named SARS-CoV-2) has gained attention globally and has been recognized as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) due to the rapidly increasing number of deaths and confirmed cases. Health care workers (HCWs) are vulnerable to this crisis as they are the first frontline to receive and manage COVID-19 patients. In this multicenter multinational survey, we aim to assess the level of awareness and preparedness of hospital staff regarding COVID-19 all over the world. Methods: From February to March 2020, the web-based or paper-based survey to gather information about the hospital staff's awareness and preparedness in the participants' countries will be carried out using a structured questionnaire based on the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) checklist and delivered to participants by the local collaborators for each hospital. As of March 2020, we recruited 374 hospitals from 58 countries that could adhere to this protocol as approved by their Institutional Review Boards (IRB) or Ethics Committees (EC). Discussion: The awareness and preparedness of HCWs against COVID-19 are of utmost importance not only to protect themselves from infection, but also to control the virus transmission in healthcare facilities and to manage the disease, especially in the context of manpower lacking and hospital overload during the pandemic. The results of this survey can be used to inform hospitals about the awareness and preparedness of their health staff regarding COVID-19, so appropriate policies and practice guidelines can be implemented to improve their capabilities of facing this crisis and other future pandemic-prone diseases. SN - 2296-2565 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34277529/Study_Protocol_for_a_Global_Survey:_Awareness_and_Preparedness_of_Hospital_Staff_Against_Coronavirus_Disease_(COVID-19)_Outbreak. L2 - https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.580427 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -