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Emergency Medicine International
Volume 2017, Article ID 6978256, 4 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6978256
Research Article

Perception and Attitude of Emergency Room Resident Physicians toward Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Outbreak

1Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Alkharj, Saudi Arabia
3King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
5Department of Emergency, King Khalid Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
6Department of Emergency, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
7Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Turki Aldrees; moc.liamtoh@ikrut.tp

Received 12 January 2017; Revised 7 February 2017; Accepted 6 March 2017; Published 10 April 2017

Academic Editor: Robert W. Derlet

Copyright © 2017 Mohammed Al Ghobain et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Introduction. Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreaks have had a considerable negative impact on health systems in Saudi Arabia. We aimed to study the psychological impact of a Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreak on emergency room resident physicians (ERRPs). Methods. We assessed the MERS-related psychological impact and concerns of ERRPs using a self-report questionnaire. Results. The majority (91%) of the ERRPs agreed that their work put them at risk of infection, but most (65%) did not agree that they should not be looking after patients infected with MERS. Despite that, 54% of ERRPs reported being afraid of contracting the infection from infected patients and only 4.2% of them were willing to change their current job. The majority of the ERRPs (85%) felt that their job would expose their families to risk of infection. Conclusions. Our study demonstrated the considerable psychological impact of MERS outbreaks on ERRPs. The ERRPs’ concerns and the psychological impact of MERS outbreaks should be considered in greater detail by hospital policymakers.