THE ROLE OF A WHATSAPP CLINICAL DISCUSSION GROUP IN THE CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 CASES: AN EXPERIENCE OF TERTIARY CARE HOSPITALS IN PUNJAB, PAKISTAN

  • Hafiza Swaiba Afzal Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
  • Nauman Aziz Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
  • Muhammad Waseem Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
  • Zahid Kamal Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
  • Ahmad Zeeshan Jamil Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
  • Muhammad Junaid Iqbal Sahiwal Medical College, Sahiwal Pakistan
Keywords: COVID-19, Perceived usefulness, Whatsapp group

Abstract

Objective: To assess the usefulness of the Whatsapp group made for managing the patients of COVID-19 at different govt. sector hospitals of Sahiwal, Punjab.

Study Design: A web-based cross-sectional analytical survey.

Place and Duration of Study: Sahiwal Medical College Sahiwal, from Jun to Jun 2020.

Methodology: A validated questionnaire was distributed among 95 members of the Whatsapp group at Sahiwal Medical College Sahiwal. Results were assessed by using SPSS version-24.

Results: The response rate of our study was 75.78%. Most were younger than 30 years of age (69.40%) and majority (80.60%) belonged to clinical departments. Out of 58 clinical side doctors, 44 (75.86) belonged to medicine and allied departments while 14 (24.14%) belong to surgery and allied departments. Results showed that the helpful discussion in the group increased the confidence of the participants by 4.24 times with 95% C.I. of
2.76 to 6.52. Speedy management of the patients due to Whatsapp group also increased the confidence of the study participants by 6.30 times with 95% C.I. of 2.03 to 19.49. Discussions on Whatsapp group and increase in knowledge of participants related to COVID-19 through Whatsapp also helped participants to speed up the management of the patients by 3.77 times with 95% C.I. of 2.54 to 5.61.

Conclusion: Hence our study concludes that the usefulness of the Whatsapp group for management of COVID-19 patients was very well perceived by our survey population. It increased their confidence in managing the patients of COVID-19.

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Published
2020-09-03
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Afzal, H., Aziz, N., Waseem, M., Kamal, Z., Jamil, A., & Iqbal, M. (2020). THE ROLE OF A WHATSAPP CLINICAL DISCUSSION GROUP IN THE CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 CASES: AN EXPERIENCE OF TERTIARY CARE HOSPITALS IN PUNJAB, PAKISTAN. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal (PAFMJ), 70(2), S539-45. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/5247
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