No funding or sponsorship was received for this study or publication of this article. Barbara Every, ELS, of BioMedical Editor, St Albert, Alberta, Canada, provided English language editing. All named authors meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria for authorship for this manuscript, take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, and have given final approval for the version to be published. We are indebted to Professor Sven Trelle from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, and CTU Bern, Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland for his contribution to the questionnaire design, helpful discussion, and critical review of the manuscript. We also thank the many participants from different centers who completed the questionnaires. The questionnaire was distributed in the following centers: Department of General Internal Medicine, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Department of Cardiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland; Department of Cardiology, Kantonsspital, Aarau, Switzerland; Department of Cardiology, Triemlispital, Zurich, Switzerland; Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, Departments of Medicine and Clinical Research, University Hospital Basel; Division of Infectious Diseases, Cantonal Hospital, St. Gallen; Clinic of Internal Medicine, Bürgerspital, Solothurn, Switzerland; Clinic of Cardiology, Kantonsspital, Olten, Switzerland; Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Kantonsspital Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; Department of Internal Medicine, Spitäler FMI, Interlaken, Interlaken, Switzerland; Department of Internal Medicine, Regionalspital Emmental, Burgdorf, Burgdorf, Switzerland; Department of Internal Medicine, Regionalspital Emmental, Langnau, Langnau i.E., Switzerland; Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, Kantonsspital Baselland, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Cardiology, Luzerner Kantonsspital, Lucerne, Switzerland.
Compliance with Ethics Guidelines
All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1964, as revised in 2013.
Annina E. Büchi, Mario Hoffmann, Stephan Zbinden, and Parham Sendi all have nothing to disclose.
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