Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Original Article
SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 77-84

Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives

Authors: Abdulraheem Alshareef, Hawazen Balkhair, Arwa Abbas, Maha Rizq, Hani Alhashmi.

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Abstract

Background: Patients with hematological disorders are among the highly affected patient groups during the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate how physicians mitigated patients with hematological disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the impact of the lockdown on hematologists and their recommendations according to their current experience was also assessed. Methods: This was a questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey conducted among 62 hematologists in Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 pandemic from 6th to 29th June 2020. Results: The most common method of contact between physicians and their patients was the use of actual and virtual clinics and WhatsApp (22.6%). In addition, the most common cases that contacted the physicians were those suffering from hematological malignancies (such as lymphoma and leukemia) (37.1%), followed by sickle cell anemia (17.7%). Interestingly, majority of patients had contacted their physicians for general concerns (41.9%), followed by assurance purposes (35.5%). Furthermore, 53.2% of the physicians were satisfied with the experience of handling patients during curfew. Around 71% of the physicians thought that social media had a positive impact on communication with their patients, which was significantly correlated with male participants and those in the age group of 46-55 years (p-values 0.03 and 0.002, respectively). Conclusion: Telemedicine is one of the most useful solutions utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it needs to be improved and should be used routinely as a part of the healthcare system in Saudi Arabia.

Keywords:   Hematologists, hematological disorders, COVID-19, telemedicine, Saudi Arabia


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Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives


Authors
Abdulraheem Alshareef
Medical Laboratories Technology Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Hawazen Balkhair
Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Arwa Abbas
MBBS Candidate, College of Medicine, Al-Rayan Colleges, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Maha Rizq
MBBS Candidate, College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
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Hani Alhashmi
Adult Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Hani Alhashmi, Adult Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.; hanih.hashmi@kfsh.med.sa

Publication history
Received 24 Aug 2020
Revised 24 Sep 2020
Accepted 28 Oct 2020
Published online 15 Nov 2020
Published in print 21 Jan 2021

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Alshareef A, Balkhair H, Abbas A, Rizq M, Alhashmi H. Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


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Alshareef A, Balkhair H, Abbas A, Rizq M, Alhashmi H. Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. https://www.sjemed.com/?mno=128138 [Access: December 06, 2022]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


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Alshareef A, Balkhair H, Abbas A, Rizq M, Alhashmi H. Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alshareef A, Balkhair H, Abbas A, Rizq M, Alhashmi H. Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. SJEMed. (2021), [cited December 06, 2022]; 2(1): 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


Harvard Style

Alshareef, A., Balkhair, . H., Abbas, . A., Rizq, . M. & Alhashmi, . H. (2021) Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. SJEMed, 2 (1), 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


Turabian Style

Alshareef, Abdulraheem, Hawazen Balkhair, Arwa Abbas, Maha Rizq, and Hani Alhashmi. 2021. Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (1), 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


Chicago Style

Alshareef, Abdulraheem, Hawazen Balkhair, Arwa Abbas, Maha Rizq, and Hani Alhashmi. "Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2 (2021), 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alshareef, Abdulraheem, Hawazen Balkhair, Arwa Abbas, Maha Rizq, and Hani Alhashmi. "Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2.1 (2021), 77-84. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alshareef, A., Balkhair, . H., Abbas, . A., Rizq, . M. & Alhashmi, . H. (2021) Mitigation of patients with hematologicaldisorders during the COVID-19 pandemicthrough telemedicine: the physician’s perspectives. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (1), 77-84. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1598255990


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