Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.5534/wjmh.210033
Title: COVID Pandemic Impact on Healthcare Provision and Patient Psychosocial Distress: A Multi-National Cross-Sectional Survey among Asia-Pacific Countries
Authors: Chung, Eric
Jiann, Bang-Ping
Nagao, Koichi
Hakim, Lukman
Huang, William
Lee, Joe 
Lin, Haocheng
Dung, Ba Tien Mai
Quang, Nguyen
Park, Hyun Jun
Sato, Yoshikazu
Tantiwongse, Kavirach
Yuan, Yiming
Park, Kwangsung
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Andrology
Health Care Sciences & Services
Urology & Nephrology
Endocrinology & Metabolism
COVID-19
Digital technology
Psychological distress
Telemedicine
STRESS SCALES DASS
RECOMMENDATIONS
TELEMEDICINE
DEPRESSION
STATES
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2021
Publisher: KOREAN SOC SEXUAL MEDICINE & ANDROLOGY
Citation: Chung, Eric, Jiann, Bang-Ping, Nagao, Koichi, Hakim, Lukman, Huang, William, Lee, Joe, Lin, Haocheng, Dung, Ba Tien Mai, Quang, Nguyen, Park, Hyun Jun, Sato, Yoshikazu, Tantiwongse, Kavirach, Yuan, Yiming, Park, Kwangsung (2021-10-01). COVID Pandemic Impact on Healthcare Provision and Patient Psychosocial Distress: A Multi-National Cross-Sectional Survey among Asia-Pacific Countries. WORLD JOURNAL OF MENS HEALTH 39 (4) : 797-803. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.5534/wjmh.210033
Abstract: PURPOSE: COVID pandemic significantly affected the delivery and maintenance of healthcare system, resulting in greater utilization of digital health interventions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This multi-national cross-sectional survey was administered to clinicians working in major Asia-Pacific cities during the mandatory social lockdown period in June 2020. Clinical demographics and professional data, delivery of Andrology-related healthcare services, and patient distress based on validated questionnaires such as Depression and Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) and Decisional Engagement Scale (DES) were collected. RESULTS: Telehealth medicine was instituted in all the centres with the majority of centres (92.9%) reported a 50% or more reduction in out-patient related services. The numbers of phone calls, emails correspondence and educational webinars have significantly increased. Despite the provision of reasons for changes in healthcare service and delay in surgery, more than half of the patients (57.1%) rated 2 on the DASS score for the item on patients over-react to situations, while a third of the patients (35.7%) scored a 2 for DASS item on patients being more demanding or unreasonable. The DES scores were more positive with most patients reported a score above 7 out of 10 in terms of items on accepting current arrangement (85.7%), confident in clinician decision-making about treatment (92.9%) and comfortable that the decision is consistent with their preferences (71.4%). Most patients (85.7%) indicated their preferences for more detailed information on healthcare provision. CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed telehealth services were integrated early and successfully during the COVID pandemic and patients were generally receptive with minimal psychosocial distress.
Source Title: WORLD JOURNAL OF MENS HEALTH
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/208676
ISSN: 22874208
22874690
DOI: 10.5534/wjmh.210033
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