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Physician Wellness in Otolaryngology and the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey

Tuesday, June 2, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Administrators and practice managers: Please forward this survey onto your physicians and ask them to take a few minutes to complete this survey.  We will share the results and thank you in advance.

To all Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery Physicians,

Our group sought to understand wellness and burnout across age, gender, and practice setting and thus developed a survey in order to reach not only the academic institutions, but importantly, the private practice and hospital employed Otolaryngologists as well as both the urban and rural Otolaryngologists.

 As we were planning this study in March, COVID-19 began to hit our home in Philadelphia, amongst many other cities across the country. Destabilization in businesses, schools, and medical practices caused physicians to face numerous challenges, from managing practices, to paying staff, to juggling home life. We saw our colleagues get pulled to the front lines and asked to manage ED triage, ICU patients, and overflow units. Our initial intention was to capture burnout and wellness overall pre-COVID-19, however we realized we would be missing what was happening right before our eyes. We decided to include questions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, to address wellness conditions that have arisen due to the new stresses on our healthcare system, families, and social infrastructure. In our “test run” among various physicians at our institution it has taken no one longer than 8 minutes to complete the survey and we hope that by being thorough we can gather data that meaningfully reflects the reality of where we are as a specialty with regards to physician wellness. We feel that this is a topic that needs our deep and undivided attention, now more than ever. 

This information collected may be used to tailor future offerings to address these issues of wellness and burnout. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and you can end your participation or choose not to complete, if you wish, at any time. By completing the survey, you agree to participate in the research study. This is a voluntary, anonymous survey. No personal identifying information will be collected, and your responses cannot be associated with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Cottrill or the Thomas Jefferson University IRB department.

Thank you so much for volunteering to participate in this study! 

To take the survey, click here. 


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