Journal article

Patients presenting for hospital-based screening for the coronavirus disease 2019: Risk of disease, and healthcare access preferences

Amanda Rojek, Martin Dutch, Daniel Peyton, Rachel Pelly, Mark Putland, Harriet Hiscock, Jonathan Knott

Emergency Medicine Australasia | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Early during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Australian EDs experienced an unprecedented surge in patients seeking screening. Understanding what proportion of these patients require testing and who can be safely screened in community-based models of care is critical for workforce and infrastructure planning across the healthcare system, as well as public messaging campaigns. METHODS: In this cross-sectional survey, we screened patients presenting to a COVID-19 screening clinic in a tertiary ED. We assessed the proportion of patients who met testing criteria; self-reported symptom severity; reasons why they came to the ED for screening and views on community-based..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

RMH ED COVID-19 Working Group: Nicola Walsham, Ben Smith, David Camilleri, Susan Harding, Steve Pincus, Emma Gardiner, Emma Smith, Naomi Watson, Bruce Garbutt, Cherylnn McGurgan, Elizabeth Bradbury. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is funded through Victorian Operating Fund. HH holds a NHMRC Practitioner fellowship grant GN1136222. AR is funded by Open Philanthropies.