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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 312-315

Retrospective study about fear from COVID-19 that makes the patients reluctant to present to otolaryngology outpatients clinic in Medina of Basra Province in Iraq


1 Department of Otolaryngology, Medina General Hospital, Alzahra Medical College, Basra, Iraq
2 Department of Otolaryngology, Basra General Hospital, Basra, Iraq
3 Department of Otolaryngology, Medina General Hospital, Alzahra Medical College, Basra, Iraq; Department of Otolaryngology, Babylon Medical College, Babylon, Iraq
4 Medina General Hospital, Basra, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Haider Kadhem Saeed
Department of Otolaryngology, Medina General Hospital, Alzahra Medical College, University of Basrah, Basra.
Iraq
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/MJBL.MJBL_20_21

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Objective: The objective of the study was to assess the difference in numbers and nature of otolaryngology outpatient clinic presentation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) era. Materials and Methods: A retrospective comparative study was performed in a single hospital (Medina General Hospital); all data were obtained by reviewing outpatient clinic data records for March, April, and May 2020. The corresponding period from 2019 was also collected for comparison. Results: A total of 551 patients were seen in the otolaryngology department of the outpatient clinic during the COVID-19 era of March, April, and May 2020, compared to 1837 patients who were seen in the same period of 2019 making around 70% drop in the total number of patients visiting ENT outpatient clinic during the COVID-19 era of 2020. Conclusion: Fear of getting COVID-19 infection along with enforcement of quarantine and social distancing resulted in a great drop in the quantity and quality of patients consulting outpatient clinic in Medina General Hospital during March, April, and May 2020.


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