The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on adult diagnostic neuroradiology in Europe

Marion Smits*, M. W. Vernooij, N. Bargalló, A. Ramos, T. A. Yousry

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this survey was to understand the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has or has had on the work, training, and wellbeing of professionals in the field of diagnostic neuroradiology. Methods: A survey was emailed to all ESNR members and associates as well as distributed via professional social media channels. The survey was held in the summer of 2020 when the first wave had subsided in most of Europe, while the second wave was not yet widespread. The questionnaire featured a total of 46 questions on general demographics, the various phases of the healthcare crisis, and the numbers of Covid-19 patients. Results: One hundred sixty-seven responses were received from 48 countries mostly from neuroradiologists (72%). Most commonly taken measures during the crisis phase were reduction of outpatient exams (87%), reduction of number of staff present in the department (83%), reporting from home (62%), and shift work (54%). In the exit phase, these measures were less frequently applied, but reporting from home was still frequent (33%). However, only 22% had access to a fully equipped work station at home. While 81% felt safe at work during the crisis, fewer than 50% had sufficient personal protection equipment for the duration of the entire crisis. Mental wellbeing is an area of concern, with 61% feeling (much) worse than usual. Many followed online courses/congresses and considered these a viable alternative for the future. Conclusion: The Covid-19 pandemic substantially affected the professional life as well as personal wellbeing of neuroradiologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
JournalNeuroradiology
Volume64
Issue number1
Early online date11 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR) for its support of the ESNR diagnostic committee and the preparation and distribution of the survey. T. A. Yousry is supported by the National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre.

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank the European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR) for its support of the ESNR diagnostic committee and the preparation and distribution of the survey. T. A. Yousry is supported by the National Institute for Health Research University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre.

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