A recent survey found US physicians have significant concerns about clinic precautions, government response, and testing availability.
In order to better understand physicians' views on the current coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, Doximity-in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the RAND Corporation-surveyed 2617 US physicians via email between March 21-24, 2020. Respondents represented all major specialties and US states. Scroll through the slides below to find out how the physicians responded to 10 questions on medical supplies, testing availability, government response, and more.
Q1. Are you currently able to test your patients for COVID-19 quickly and easily? • Yes: 17.5% • No: 73.3% • Don't know: 9.2%
Q2. How many patients have you treated with possible COVID-19 symptoms, but have not been able to test for COVID-19? • 0 patients: 49.8% • 1-5 patients: 31.6% • 5-10 patients: 8% • >10 patients: 10.6%
Q3. Are you concerned about patients avoiding testing or treatment due to financial or health insurance barriers?• Yes: 39.8% • No: 48.6% • Don't know: 11.6%
Q4. Do you believe that your hospital/clinic has adequate medical supplies and equipment if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens?• Yes: 12.2% • No: 77.5% • Don't know: 10.4%
Q5. Has the government taken appropriate measures to support the medical supply chain and ensure that your hospital/clinic has the medical supplies necessary to address the COVID-19 pandemic?• Yes: 14.9% • No: 69.9% • Don't know: 15.2%
Q6. Are there enough precautions in your clinical setting that you feel protected while treating suspected COVID-19 patients?• Yes: 33.4% • No: 59.1% • Don't know: 7.6%
Q7. Do you believe that the US government is responding adequately to the COVID-19 pandemic?• Yes-the CDC and other agencies have adequately managed the crisis: 21.2%
• No-there have been significant challenges due to the government's response: 70%
• Not sure: 8.8%
Q8. Do you feel that the current social distancing responses are:• An under-reaction to the potential risks? 28.5%
• An over-reaction to the potential risks? 12.4%
• An appropriate reaction to the potential risks? 59.1%
Q9. From observing your patient habits, which of the following US policy actions would “flatten the curve” the most?• Shelter-in-place or stay-home orders: 59.5% • Roadside testing: 6% • Designated fever clinics: 4.8%
• Free COVID-19 drive-thru and mail order testing: 24.5% • Close US borders to nonessential travel: 5.2%
Q10. Have you increased your use of telemedicine technology in your clinical practice in response to COVID-19?• Yes, I have started seeing patients virtually: 52.7% • No: 19.1% • Not yet, but we're moving towards it: 28.1%
For more COVID-19 coverage for primary care, visit our COVID-19 Resource Page.