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Table 2 Bariatric surgery (BS) practice following the Governmental decree (22 March 2020) by sector

From: Practices and attitudes of bariatric surgeons in Israel during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic

  Public sector
N = 47 (%)
Private sector
N = 43 (%)
P-value
(Chi square test)
Stopped performing BS following the decree
 Yes 40 (85) 26 (61) 0.006
 No 7 (15) 17 (39)
Hospital management issued specific instructions to stop BS?
 Yes 34 (74) 3 (8) < 0.0001
 No 12 (26) 36 (92)
Hospital management issued specific instructions to continue BS?
 Yes 3 (6) 6 (14) 0.2299
 No 43 (94) 36 (86)
Hospital management issued no specific instructions regarding BS
 Yes 16 (35) 28 (74) 0.0003
 No 30 (65) 11 (26)
BS trends in hospitals continuing to perform BS
Had the number of BS procedures declined?
  Yes 45 (98) 37 (86) 0.0391
  No 1 (2) 6 (14)
If yes, by what rate (%)?
  0–10 < 0.0001a
  10–20 1 (3)
  20–40 3 (7) 8 (22)
  40–60 4 (9) 12 (32)
  60–70 10 (23) 2 (5)
   > 70 29 (63) 14 (38)
  1. a Comparing decline rate of 60% or more versus decline rate lower than 60%