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



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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