Quality of life and perceived financial implications among otorhinolaryngologists during the COVID-19 pandemic across India

*, Deviprasad D and Khadilkar, Meera Niranjan and *, Jayashree K and *, Prasanna Mithra P (2021) Quality of life and perceived financial implications among otorhinolaryngologists during the COVID-19 pandemic across India. Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica, 41 (4). pp. 289-295. ISSN 0392100X

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Abstract

Objective. The changing trends in medical practice, uncertainties and monetary apprehensions due to the COVID-19 pandemic may influence the sense of well-being among otorhinolaryngologists. The present study was conducted to evaluate quality of life (QOL) and perceived financial implications in otorhinolaryngologists during the COVID-19 pandemic across India. Methods. A cross-sectional study was carried out among otorhinolaryngology specialists across India using WHOQOL-BREF and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Financial Well-Being Scale questionnaires on Google Forms, which was kept open for the latter half of July 2020. Results. A total of 358 responses were obtained; the response rate was 26.64%. Twentyfour percent of respondents worked exclusively in academic settings; 40.22% of specialists had over 10 years of work experience. Average monthly income in 2019 was between 1-3 lakhs Indian Rupees (INR) in 43.85%, while in 2020, 62.57% of the specialists had an average monthly income of below one lakh INR; this difference was statistically significant (p < 0.001). Mean WHOQOL-BREF scores for physical, psychological, social and environmental domains were 68.8 ± 1, 62.3 ± 0.75, 68.9 ± 1.17 and 65.8 ± 1.01, respectively; mean CFPB financial well-being scale score was 55.5 ± 0.66. QOL and financial well-being were better in otolaryngologists older than 60 years, male specialists and private consultants. Conclusions. There has been a tremendous impact on quality of life and financial wellbeing among otorhinolaryngologists in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study outcome may help otolaryngologists comprehend and perceive the extent to which it has affected their professional and personal lives, and explore ways to face and overcome the situation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CFPB financial well-being scale, financial management, India, otolaryngologists, quality of life, WHOQOL-BREF
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Paediatrics
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > E.N.T
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 11:03
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2021 11:03
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/157833

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