Online, face to face and hybrid meetings. What is the new normal in the COVID-19 era? A global collaborative survey by iTRUE group and UroSoMe working group

Published: 08-10-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/22f44cv5s9.1
Contributors:
Daniele Castellani,
BM Zeeshan Hameed ,
Yiloren Tanidir

Description

During the COVID-19 pandemic there was a significant increase in online webinars, which were universally available and advertised via Social Media, eliminating geographic restrictions thereby achieving a broader audience. The primary outcome of our survey was to see how virtual meetings would fare vis a vis face-to-face meeting, and if there would any future role of a “hybrid" meeting concept. The secondary outcome was to find out the best webinar/ virtual meeting settings.

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The normality assumption of the continuous data was verified with the Shapiro-Wilk test. Both continuous data and Likert-like scale questions were analyzed with non-parametric methods. Missing answers were counted as “no answer” in the related item. The Relative Importance Index (RII) was calculated for the questions that could clarify the factors affecting the choices for meeting types, and the ranking of each question was made accordingly. A comparison of categorical data was performed using the Chi-square test. A comparison of answers to Likert-like scale questions was performed using the Mann-Whitney U test. A multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to elucidate the factors in preferring a face-to-face meeting or webinar.