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Effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the Practice of Otolaryngology

Authors: Nishat Momin, BS, Jennifer Nguyen, BS, Brian McKinnon, MD, MPH, MBA


Objectives: Otolaryngologists in Texas have been greatly affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Executive orders and professional recommendations have changed the way otolaryngologists practice. The objective of the study was to determine the effect of COVID-19 on otolaryngologists in the state of Texas.

Methods: We surveyed the Texas Association of Otolaryngology to evaluate burnout, research output, and ability to respond to the pandemic. We also looked at the effect of Texas governmental executive orders GA-09 and GA-15 on work hours and patient load.

Results: Our survey showed no significant difference in personnel contracting COVID-19 with perception of adequate personal protective equipment (P = 0.203), population density (P = 0.445), or type of practice (P = 0.763). The phenomenon of “pandemic burnout” was prevalent, with prolonged uncertainty the primary contributing factor for burnout caused by the pandemic.

Conclusions: The response to COVID-19 and the course of the pandemic are continuing to evolve and may play a significant role in how otolaryngologists practice and on their well-being during the pandemic.
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Fig. 1. Ability to respond to the pandemic. COVID-19, coronavirus 2019.

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Fig. 2. Contributing factors to burnout.

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Fig. 3. Change in patient load after GA-09 was issued.

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Fig. 4. Change in patient load after GA-15 was issued.

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