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15.09.2020 | COVID-19 | Response to COVID-19/Original Article Zur Zeit gratis

Public Interest in Knee Replacement Fell During the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Google Trends Analysis

verfasst von: David C. Landy, MD, PhD, Brian P. Chalmers, MD, Thomas J. Utset-Ward, MD, MBA, Michael P. Ast, MD

Erschienen in: HSS Journal ® | Sonderheft 1/2020

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Abstract

Background

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered medical practice and public behavior in the USA. In spring of 2020, elective surgery including most joint replacement was suspended and much of the public asked to stay at home. As elective surgery resumes, it is unknown how the public will respond.

Questions/Purposes

We sought to describe public interest in knee replacement during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Methods

Google Trends was used to obtain the daily number of searches for “knee replacement,” “coronavirus,” and “knee pain” from December 19, 2019, to May 14, 2020. The number is on a term-specific scale weighted to the highest number of daily searches for that term. Seven-day weighted averages were used to smooth the data.

Results

The number of daily searches for “knee replacement” was stable until around March 8, 2020, after which it decreased through late March, plateauing at less than half the number of searches. At the same time, searches for “coronavirus” spiked. By early May, searches for “knee replacement” had not meaningfully increased, though at the end of the search period the slope turned positive and coronavirus searches decreased. Searches for “knee pain” initially followed a similar pattern to “knee replacement,” though the decline was not as steep, and by late April searches for “knee pain” had meaningfully increased.

Conclusion

Public interest in knee replacement, assessed through internet search queries, decreased during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While interest in pain has returned, the continued decreased level of interest in surgery may represent a fear of surgery among the general public in the setting of COVID-19. Surgeons may wish to focus outreach and education efforts on the safety and efficacy of knee replacement.
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Metadaten
Titel
Public Interest in Knee Replacement Fell During the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Google Trends Analysis
verfasst von
David C. Landy, MD, PhD
Brian P. Chalmers, MD
Thomas J. Utset-Ward, MD, MBA
Michael P. Ast, MD
Publikationsdatum
15.09.2020
Verlag
Springer US
Schlagwort
COVID-19
Erschienen in
HSS Journal ® / Ausgabe Sonderheft 1/2020
Print ISSN: 1556-3316
Elektronische ISSN: 1556-3324
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11420-020-09794-0

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