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Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Unique Challenges Associated with Medical Research: A Saudi Institution Approach

Authors Almeharish A, Assiri AM, Alfattani A, De Vol E

Received 3 October 2020

Accepted for publication 10 December 2020

Published 30 December 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 3173—3178

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S283582

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Carotenuto


Amani Almeharish,1 Abdullah M Assiri,2 Areej Alfattani,1 Edward De Vol1

1Department of Biostatics, Epidemiology and Scientific Computing, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2Department of Comparative Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence: Amani Almeharish
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Scientific Computing, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, P.O. Box 3354, Riyadh 11211, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Email aalmeharish26@kfshrc.edu.sa

Abstract: The spread of COVID-19 has become a significant threat to economic activity throughout the world, and it has made life particularly difficult for research institutions. According to a report published by Spain’s largest public research body, Cybermetrics Labs, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is ranked first among the leading hospitals in the Arab world, and it has instituted a wide range of policy changes to accommodate researchers by providing them with additional flexibility. The aim of this project was to highlight the most prevalent COVID-related global challenges facing research institutions and describe how research protocol at KFSH&RC has been adjusted to minimize the disruption experienced by its researchers.

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, healthcare, disease, research, virus

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