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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 280-287

Impact of COVID-19 on educational and academic activities of health-care professionals: An international survey of doctors, dentists and nurses.


1 Faculty of Biology, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom; Department of Child Health, Sultan Qaboos University, Mascat, Oman
2 (My) Dentist, Whiston Village, 14 Greenes Road, Whiston, United Kingdom
3 Faculty of Medicine, Arabian Gulf University, Manma, Bahrain
4 Dasman Diabetes Institute, Kuwait
5 University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
6 Department of Endocrine and Diabetes, Faculty of Medicine-Ain Shams University, Egypt
7 Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulazizi University for Health Science, Jedda -, KSA
8 Department of Diabetology and Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Mohamed First University, Oujda, Morocco
9 Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber, United Kingdom
10 Paediatrics, Medical Practice, Shaikh Shakhbout Medical City Abu Dhabi, The Gulf University, United Arab Emirates
11 Paediatric Endocrinology Department, Shaikh Shakhbout Medical City Abu Dhabi, The Gulf University, United Arab Emirates

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hussain Alsaffar
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester
Oman
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmbs.ijmbs_128_20

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Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole world in different levels from numerous aspects. This deadly, highly contagious viral infection has led to lockdown in many cities across the world; significantly disrupting previously planned educational activities. Objectives: We aim to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the educational and academic activities of the health care professionals practicing in different countries. Subjects and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted using a link to an online questionnaire which was sent to doctors, dentists and nurses working in several countries using WhatsApp medical groups. The questionnaire consisted of eight questions related to the impact of COVID-19 on educational and academic activities of the health care professionals (HCPs). Results: 898 responses received from doctors (66.5%), nurses (21%) and dentist (12.5%), working in 36 countries. 66.6% of respondents think their academic activities are less than what it was before the pandemic. However, 63% of participants have attended more webinars and 58% have completed more on-line courses and e-learning sessions during the pandemic. Conclusions: COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted the academic activities of HCPs. However, COVID-19 health crisis created an opportunity for enriching the educational activities through e-learning, online courses, and webinars. This experience should be utilized in the future, with more online material available.


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