Willingness to work during initial lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic: Study based on an online survey among physicians of Bangladesh

Rafi, Md Abdur, Hasan, M Tasdik ORCID: 0000-0002-3256-093X, Azad, Dewan Tasnia, Alam, Syeda Fatema, Podder, Vivek, Hossain, Sahadat, Akther, SM Quamrul, Ashraf, Fatema and Hossain, Md Golam
(2021) Willingness to work during initial lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic: Study based on an online survey among physicians of Bangladesh. PLOS ONE, 16 (2). e0245885-.

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<h4>Background</h4>During the catastrophic situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of the health care workers (HCWs) is the most crucial, and their absenteeism, whether due to inability or unwillingness, becomes a major concern for the national health system. Hence, the present study aimed to determine the willingness and its associated factors to work during the COVID-19 pandemic among the physicians of Bangladesh.<h4>Methods</h4>This was a cross-sectional study conducted from April 21 to May 10, 2020, using an online survey among the Bangladeshi physicians living in the country. Both univariate and multivariable binary logistic regression models were used to determine the predictors of the willingness of the physicians to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.<h4>Results</h4>More than 69% physicians reported that they were willing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, 8.9% reported that they were not willing, while 21.4% of participants were not sure about their willingness. Younger age, having experience of treating patients during previous pandemics, working in the emergency departments and high self-reported compliance to the recommended PPE were important predictors of being willing to work during COVID-19 pandemic. Concern for family and risk of transmitting the infection to family members were most commonly reported as major barriers of working during the pandemic (30%) followed by having comorbidities (25%), lack of adequate safety measures (25%), fear of being infected (12.2%), not involved in clinical practice (12.5%) etc.<h4>Conclusions</h4>Though the majority of the physicians were willing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, sufficient supply of PPE, support to maintain recommended quarantine and isolation policy after risky hospital duty along with adequate and effective training can increase their willingness to continue their sacred duty during this crucial pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Risk, Cross-Sectional Studies, Attitude of Health Personnel, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Work, Adult, Middle Aged, Physicians, Bangladesh, Female, Male, Pandemics, Surveys and Questionnaires, Personal Protective Equipment, COVID-19
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:35
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245885
Open Access URL: http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0245885
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3130576