Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Gyne-Oncological Treatment—A Retrospective Single-Center Analysis of a German University Hospital with 30,525 Patients

The study pursues the objective of drawing a comparison between the data of gyne-oncology, gynecology, and obstetrics patient collectives of a German university hospital regarding the progression of patient number and corresponding treatment data during the five-year period of 2017–2021 to assess th...

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Main Authors: Griewing, Sebastian, Kalder, Matthias, Lingenfelder, Michael, Wagner, Uwe, Gremke, Niklas
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2022
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Summary:The study pursues the objective of drawing a comparison between the data of gyne-oncology, gynecology, and obstetrics patient collectives of a German university hospital regarding the progression of patient number and corresponding treatment data during the five-year period of 2017–2021 to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gyne-oncological treatment. Descriptive assessment is based on data extracted from the database of the hospital controlling system QlikView® for patients hospitalized at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Marburg University Hospital. Gynecology and gyne-oncology experience a maintained decline in patient number (nGynecology: −6% 2019 to 2020, −5% 2019 to 2021; nGyne-Oncology: −6% 2019 to 2020, −2% 2019 to 2021) with varying effects on the specific gyne-oncological main diagnoses. Treatment parameters remain unchanged in relative assessment, but as gyne-oncology constitutes the dominating revenue contributor in gynecology (35.1% of patients, 52.9% of revenue, 2021), the extent of the decrease in total revenue (−18%, 2019 to 2020, −14%, 2019 to 2021) surpasses the decline in patient number. The study displays a negative impact on the gynecology care situation of a German university hospital for the entire pandemic, with an even greater extent on gyne-oncology. This development not only endangers the quality of medical service provision but collaterally pressurizes gynecology service providers.
Item Description:Gefördert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds der UB Marburg.
DOI:10.3390/healthcare10122386