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Currently submitted to: Journal of Medical Internet Research

Date Submitted: Oct 6, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Oct 6, 2020 - Dec 1, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Antecedents of individuals concerns regarding hygiene in hospitals and the decision to postpone surgeries due to COVID-19: Results from a cross-sectional online-survey in Germany

  • Thomas Ostermann; 
  • Julia Gampe; 
  • Jan Philipp Röer; 
  • Theda Radtke; 

ABSTRACT

Background:

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a major challenge to our everyday lives. Especially in the context of hospitalization, it can be expected to have a strong influence on affective reactions and preventive behavior. Research is needed to develop evidence-driven strategies to cope with this challenging situation. To this end, the present survey investigates the effect of personality traits, risk taking behavior, and anxiety on affective reactions and anticipated behavior in the medical context during the COVID-19 pandemic

Objective:

The aim of this study was to identify key factors associated with individuals concerns regarding hygiene in hospitals and the decision to postpone surgeries

Methods:

Cross-sectional online survey of N = 929 residents of Germany (n = 792 women; 85.3%) with a mean age of 35.2 years (SD = 12.9). Hypotheses were tested with a saturated path analysis.

Results:

A direct effect of anxiety on concerns about safety and hygiene in hospitals and anticipated behavior regarding one`s own non-urgent surgery was found. Risk taking was only associated with anticipated behavior. In addition, most personality traits were related neither with concerns about safety and hygiene in hospitals nor with anticipated behavior.

Conclusions:

The findings suggest that no distinct interventions or information campaigns is necessary for individuals with different personality traits, or different levels of risk taking behavior. However, we recommend that health care workers when interacting with patients should carefully address anxiety.


 Citation

Please cite as:

Ostermann T, Gampe J, Röer JP, Radtke T

Antecedents of individuals concerns regarding hygiene in hospitals and the decision to postpone surgeries due to COVID-19: Results from a cross-sectional online-survey in Germany

JMIR Preprints. 06/10/2020:24804

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.24804

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/24804

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