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4 . 2022

Features of the work of healthcare organizations of the Republic of Belarus in the conditions of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic


Aim – to study the opinion of medical workers of the Republic of Belarus on the specifics of the functioning of outpatient and inpatient healthcare organizations in the conditions of the spread of the third wave of coronavirus infection COVID-19, the impact of the current situation on the provision of medical care to the population.

Material and methods. A survey was conducted of 479 medical workers, including doctors of inpatient healthcare organizations (group 1, n=268), heads of outpatient (group 2, n=140) and inpatient healthcare organizations (group 3, n=71). During the survey, respondents expressed their opinion about the peculiarities of working in conditions of increasing incidence of COVID-19, including the difficulties encountered in connection with the pandemic.

Results. The greatest difficulties during the pandemic, according to respondents, were: the transfer of patients who are not sick with COVID-19 to other hospitals, sometimes insufficient professional qualifications of medical personnel to work with covid patients. They also expressed their opinion on the quality of vaccines against COVID-19, assessed the moral and psychological climate in the teams and the psycho-emotional status of the heads of inpatient and outpatient healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conclusion. The survey showed that, in general, healthcare organizations are successfully coping with the difficulties that arose as a result of the widespread spread of coronavirus infection. At the same time, according to the respondents, when organizing work in emergency situations, which is the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to solve a number of urgent problems. Common for the respondents of all three groups were such problems as the duration and intensity of the work of medical personnel during the pandemic, difficulties with zoning areas, etc.

Keywords:inpatient healthcare organizations; outpatient healthcare organizations; coronavirus; pandemic; COVID-19

Funding. The study had no sponsor support.

Conflict of interest. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Contribution. The concept and design of the study – Stoma I.O., Sharshakova T.M., Volchek V.S.; conducting a sociological survey, analysis and discussion of data, statistical data processing, review of publications on the topic of the article, verification of critical content – Sharshakova T.M., Volchek V.S.; approval of the manuscript for publication – Stoma I.O.

For citation: Stoma I.O., Sharshakova T.M.., Volchek V.S. Features of the work of healthcare organizations of the Republic of Belarus in the conditions of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. ORGZDRAV: novosti, mneniya, obuchenie. Vestnik VSHOUZ [HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT: News, Views, Education. Bulletin of VSHOUZ]. 2022; 8 (4): 28–41. DOI: (in Russian)


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Guzel E. Ulumbekova
MD, MBA from Harvard University (Boston, USA), Head of the Graduate School of Healthcare Organization and Management (VSHOUZ)
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