Danish citizens' preferences for at-home oropharyngeal/nasal SARS-CoV-2 specimen collection

Int J Infect Dis. 2021 Aug;109:195-198. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2021.06.060. Epub 2021 Jul 1.


Introduction: Diagnostic confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 by self-collection of specimens is a reliable method compared with healthcare worker collected samples. Citizens' preferences for collection methods are unknown, but at-home collection could have several advantages.

Methods: This study investigated the preference for guided at-home self-collection versus at-hospital specimen collection by healthcare workers.

Results: Among the 3709 participants, at-home swab collection was the preferred setting for 2362 (63.7%) compared with 1347 (36.3%) reporting a preference for an at-hospital swabbing procedure.

Conclusion: A high preference for guided at-home self-collection of oropharyngeal/nasal SARS-CoV-2 specimens exists and could be a future norm beyond COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; Diagnostics; Oropharyngeal/nasal swab; Patient-reported; SARS-CoV-2; Self-collection.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Denmark
  • Humans
  • Oropharynx
  • SARS-CoV-2*
  • Specimen Handling