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Doctors anticipate using more personal protective equipment (PPE) and using telehealth more often after the COVID-19-pandemic than they did pre-pandemic.
Doctors anticipate using more personal protective equipment (PPE) and using telehealth more often after the COVID-19-pandemic than they did pre-pandemic, according to results of a recent survey.
The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurance company, asked 652 physicians across more than 20 specialties how they think their practice will change as a result of the pandemic. A significant majority—72%—said they will increase their use of personal protective equipment, while 59% said they will use telehealth more frequently.
“Despite the tremendous loss of life and disruptions to so many from the COVID-19 pandemic, this survey indicates there are likely to be positive changes for patients and physicians going forward that will hopefully lead to safer, higher quality, and more patient-friendly healthcare,” said David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, chief medical officer for The Doctors Company.
Detailed survey results follow, along with a selection of comments from respondents.
Anticipated post-pandemic increases compared to before the pandemic
Anticipated post-pandemic decreases compared to pre-pandemic
No change anticipated post-pandemic compared to pre-pandemic
Survey respondent comments
Survey respondent comments, continued