Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 5 - 2021
Global Impact of COVID-19 on Seeking Emergency Department Services; A Systematic Review
Hossen Tenawe* and Issa Abuzuaiter
Jordanian Medical Association, Amman, Jordan
*Corresponding Author: Hossen Tenawe, Jordanian Medical Association, Amman, Jordan.
Received: March 24, 2021; Published: April 21, 2021


Background: COVID-19 pandemic had affected the health systems worldwide, including decreasing the number of emergency department visits and the characteristics of these visits.

Purpose: This review aimed to investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on seeking emergency department services.

Methods: A systematic review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines was conducted to search for eligible publications in two databases. The search was conducted between December 20, 2020, and the last search on January 7, 2020.

Results: A total of 12 research studies were reviewed, appraised, and summarized. The studies reported a significant decrease in the number of patients presenting to emergency departments, hospitalization rate, and non-respiratory related complaints. Besides, home quarantine decreased the number of motor vehicle crashes, trauma, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Conclusion: Some patients might delay seeking help because of their fear of cross-contamination with the virus; health institutions must act to meet patients’ needs during the pandemics through public awareness and utilizing outpatient management systems.


Keywords: COVID-19; Emergency Services; Emergency Department Access; Emergency Department Visits; SARS-CoV-2


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Citation: Hossen Tenawe and Issa Abuzuaiter. “Global Impact of COVID-19 on Seeking Emergency Department Services; A Systematic Review”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 5.5 (2021): 07-17.

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