Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work Activity of Spanish Physical Therapists and Their Response to Vaccination

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Title: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work Activity of Spanish Physical Therapists and Their Response to Vaccination
Authors: Montero-Navarro, Sergio | Sánchez-Más, Jesús | Salar-Andreu, Cristina | Molina-Payá, Francisco Javier | Orts-Ruiz, Cristina | Botella-Rico, José M. | Tuells, José | Rodríguez-Blanco, Noelia
Research Group/s: Salud Comunitaria (SALUD)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Vaccines | Physical therapists | COVID-19 | SARS-CoV-2 | Acceptance | Impact
Knowledge Area: Enfermería
Issue Date: 12-May-2022
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Montero-Navarro S, Sánchez-Más J, Salar-Andreu C, Molina-Payá FJ, Orts-Ruiz C, Botella-Rico JM, Tuells J and Rodríguez-Blanco N (2022) Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work Activity of Spanish Physical Therapists and Their Response to Vaccination. Front. Public Health 10:877232. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.877232
Abstract: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical therapists have had to adopt a set of specific protection measures, which have had an impact on their clinical activity and economy. The objective was to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the work of Spanish physical therapists, as well as their attitudes and predisposition to vaccination. An online questionnaire was divided into five sections: (1) demographic and professional data; (2) labor impact; (3) precautions and infection-control measures; (4) economic impact; and (5) vaccine acceptance and adverse effects. Of the 666 participants, 62.1% showed a reduction in their working hours motivated by: fear of infection (p = 0.007), financial issues (p = 0.002) and being in quarantine or isolation (p < 0.001). Of these, 36.4% were forced to close the clinic, 62.7% requested help from the government, but only 12.04% mentioned that it was adequate. The main prevention measures adopted were the use of gels and masks and, in the private sector, disinfection with ozone or ultraviolet light (p < 0.05). The acceptance of the vaccine was high, 87.5%, being lower among the group over 40 years of age, self-employed, widowed or separated. More adverse effects were mentioned after receiving the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, compared to Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna. In conclusion, this study assessed for the first time that the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain had a negative impact on work and finances of physical therapists. The vaccine was widely accepted, in part by the economic impact that an infection in the work setting could signify.
Sponsor: This study recieved funding for open access publication fees from CEU-Cardenal Herrera University.
ISSN: 2296-2565
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.877232
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2022 Montero-Navarro, Sánchez-Más, Salar-Andreu, Molina-Payá, Orts-Ruiz, Botella-Rico, Tuells and Rodríguez-Blanco. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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