Document Type : Original Article
- Bahram Aminmansour 1
- Mehdi Shafiei 1
- Masih Sabouri 1, 2
- Mehdi Mahmoodkhani 3
- Mehrnaz Hematzadeh 4
- Donya Sheibani Tehrani 5
1 Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Al-Zahra Hospital, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Medical Image and Signal Processing Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Kashani Hospital, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4 School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
5 Department of IT, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
Background: COVID-19 quickly spread around the world as an epidemic with potentially unknown hazards. Like its impacts on various occupations, neurosurgery has undergone changes due to the virus, including changes in surgical planning, inpatient and outpatient clinics, emergency management, and even academic activities.
Objectives: The present study was performed to determine neurosurgery challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.
Methods: The present study was conducted as a mixed qualitative and quantitative study in 2021. In the qualitative section using the targeted sampling method, 11 members of the target community were selected using the available sampling method and completed a questionnaire. The qualitative part was conducted in two stages of reviewing texts and interviewing experts and in the quantitative part we evaluated the validity of the structure and the reliability of the questionnaire.
Results: This study examined in detail all aspects of the effects of COVID-19 on neurosurgery. 9 dimensions and 61 items were identified as the challenges of neurosurgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order of importance, the aspects were: treatment outcome, manpower, management psychological and physical diseases, education and research, tools and physical space, ethics, financial implications and information technology.
Conclusion: The outbreak of epidemics has different risks for specialties, among them neurosurgery. Accordingly, to observe patients’ right to treatment, all necessary measures were first taken to provide instructions, regulations, policies and ethical guidelines.