Expectations, Fears and Perceptions of doctors during Covid-19 Pandemic

Fears and Perceptions of doctors during Covid-19 Pandemic

  • Uzma Urooj Pak Emirates Military Hospital
  • Asma Ansari Associate Professor NUMS/CMH Rawalpindi
  • Asifa Siraj NUMS/PEMH
  • Sumaira Khan NUMS/pemh
  • Humaira Tariq NUMS
Keywords: Covid-19, Fears, Mental stress, Pandemic, Expectations


Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the expectations and fears faced by doctors during Covid-19 Pandemic.

Methods: This is a mixed method exploratory survey. A questionnaire exploring expectations of doctors from administration and seniors as well as their fears while working during pandemic, was developed on Google survey Forms. It included eight closed ended questions and four open ended questions. Data was collected through online Google survey Forms during month of March and April 2020. Doctors were approached through email and WhatsApp group.

Results: The mean age of participants was 33.58±4.21 years. Female 150(67.5%) and Male 72(32.4%) participated. 29(13.1%) Associate Professor, 34(15.3%) Assistant Professor, 56(25.2%) Senior Residents and 103(46.3%) residents, medical officers and house officers responded to the survey. 134(60.3%) doctors were working in hospitals which were not dealing with Covid-19. Fear included, infecting family members 177(79.7%), rapid spread of disease 140(63%), complications of disease 134(60.3%), becoming a carrier in 64(28.8%) and 62(27.9%) feared missing the diagnosis. More than 80% expected from seniors and administration, of providing PPE, facilitation, continue chain of supply of essential items, ensuring doctor safety, avoiding exposure of all doctors and keeping reserve workforce, limiting routine checkups, avoid panic and 20% had no expectations.

Conclusion: It was concluded that doctors had their fears and perceptions regarding pandemic which need to be addressed while policy making. They fear wellbeing of their families and contacting Covid-19, if not provided proper PPE. Our study provides insight of expectations, fears and perceptions of our frontline which invariably gives insight of the views of healthcare workers.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2643

How to cite this:
Urooj U, Ansari A, Siraj A, Khan S, Tariq H. Expectations, Fears and Perceptions of doctors during Covid-19 Pandemic. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S37-S42. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2643

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Author Biographies

Asma Ansari, Associate Professor NUMS/CMH Rawalpindi

Associate professor Gynae/Obs, NUMS

Asifa Siraj, NUMS/PEMH

Associate professor , NUMS

Sumaira Khan, NUMS/pemh

Assistant Professor, NUMS/ pemh

Humaira Tariq, NUMS

Assistant Professor, Army Medical College, CMH Murree

How to Cite
Urooj, U., Ansari, A., Siraj, A., Khan, S., & Tariq, H. (2020). Expectations, Fears and Perceptions of doctors during Covid-19 Pandemic. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2643