Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2023; 27 (1): 431-436

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202301_30899

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the orthopaedics outpatient clinic

M. Ozdemir, Y.U. Yaradilmis, A.S. Targal, O. Ozturk, B. Birinci

Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Yuksek Ihtisas University, Ankara, Turkey. drmahmutozdemir@yahoo.com


OBJECTIVE: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted orthopaedic practice since it started. In our study, we aimed to examine these effects on outpatient services.

PATIENTS and METHODS: The patients who applied to the orthopedic outpatient clinic (n=1,518) in six months period under the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic (September 2020-March 2021) and patients (n=1,207) who applied during the same period before the pandemic (September 2019-March 2020) were analyzed according to the demographic characteristics (age, gender), reasons for admission, duration of complaints, treatments applied, surgical acceptance rate, and compliance with treatment.

RESULTS: The mean age in the pre-pandemic outpatient clinic admissions was 39.1 years (1-91 years), the gender ratio was 635/572 (Female/Male), the mean age of the patients was 38.1 years (1-95), and the sex ratio was 793/725 (F/M) during the pandemic. Admissions of patients with acute complaints decreased after the pandemic, and applications for subacute or chronic complaints increased. Applications for sports medicine, pediatrics, and hand surgery increased, applications for trauma, foot and ankle surgery decreased, and applications for oncology and spine did not change. Conservative treatment recommendations decreased, the surgical treatment recommendation did not change, and the rate of patients who were given only follow-up decisions increased. There was no significant difference in the treatment rejection and surgical acceptance rate.

CONCLUSIONS: We observed that the number of traumas decreased, and the hospital admission duration extended. The increase in the consultation rate and follow-up preference indicates that the treatment is more conservative in this period. In this process, patients should be adequately informed about the precautions taken, and their treatment should not be interrupted.

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M. Ozdemir, Y.U. Yaradilmis, A.S. Targal, O. Ozturk, B. Birinci
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the orthopaedics outpatient clinic

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2023
Vol. 27 - N. 1
Pages: 431-436
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202301_30899