Potential Barriers Amongst Health Care Professionals (HCPs) of Pakistan in Managing COVID 19 patients

  • Muhammad Irfan Ul Haq
  • Faraz Shafiq
  • Haris Sheikh
Keywords: 1. Pakistan 2. COVID 19 3. Health Personnel 4. Attitude of Health Personnel


Objectives: To evaluate basic knowledge of Health Care Professionals (HCPs) of Pakistan in managing COVID 19 patients. It includes information regarding infection control measures, administrative and professional support. This was followed by evaluation of psychological factor that can act as a barrier in effective management of these patients.

Methods: The survey was conducted on line using Google Form. After approval from hospital ethical committee survey link was disseminated to HCPs using social media.

Results: Four hundred fifteen HCPs were participated. Most of them were younger than 30 years and majority of them were postgraduate trainees. Results showed gaps in the knowledge about basic infection control measure like donning/doffing and understanding about high-risk procedures. On job training, professional and administrative support is compromising. Many of HCPs are anxious nowadays, having symptoms related to burn out with logical reasons behind. Even with all those hurdles they are committed and ready to volunteer themselves.

Conclusion: The HCPs of Pakistan needs urgent attention for providing them Formal training regarding infection control measure. Administrative and professional support is required from institutions and scientific societies. Online teaching modules and webinar is a suitable option. The symptoms of burn out are significant and would increase with passage of time. This needs to be supported by occupational health committees.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2753

How to cite this:
Irfan-Ul-Haq M, Shafiq F, Sheikh H. Potential Barriers amongst Health Care Professionals of Pakistan in managing COVID-19 patients. Pak J Med Sci. 2020;36(COVID19-S4):COVID19-S17-S21. doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2753

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How to Cite
Haq, M., Shafiq, F., & Sheikh, H. (2020). Potential Barriers Amongst Health Care Professionals (HCPs) of Pakistan in Managing COVID 19 patients. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 36(COVID19-S4). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.36.COVID19-S4.2753