Dental and Medical Problems

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Dental and Medical Problems

2020, vol. 57, nr 1, January-March, p. 11–17

doi: 10.17219/dmp/119743

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Language: English

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Assessing Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of dental practitioners regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: A multinational study

Ocena wiedzy, zachowań i działań praktycznych u lekarzy dentystów w związku z pandemią COVID-19 – wielonarodowe badanie ankietowe

Shivalingesh Krishnappa Kamate1,A,B,E,F, Swati Sharma2,A,C,E, Sahil Thakar2,B,D, Divya Srivastava1,A,C,E, Kaushikee Sengupta2,B,C, Ahmed Jhurry Hadi3,B,D,E, Alankrita Chaudhary2,B,F, Ruby Joshi4,B,E, Kuldeep Dhanker2,B,C,F

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Institute of Dental Sciences (IDS), Bareilly, India

2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, School of Dental Sciences, Sharda University, Greater Noida, India

3 Private Practice, Port Louis, Mauritius

4 Private Practice, Katmandu, Nepal

Abstract

Background. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a global public health emergency that is affecting people across the globe.
Objectives. The aim of this study was to assess the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of dental practitioners regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) pandemic.
Material and Methods. An online questionnaire was distributed among dentists across the globe using a combination of convenience and snowball sampling. The questionnaire was divided into 4 sections: the 1st one contained personal information, whereas the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sections assessed knowledge (11 questions), attitudes (6 questions) and practices (7 questions) of the dentists. The data was subjected to the Shapiro–Wilk test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), multivariate linear regression, and Pearson’s correlation; 95% confidence interval (CI) was calculated and odds ratio (OR) was obtained. The analysis was done using IBM SPSS for Windows, v. 21.0.
Results. The total number of the responses received (860) was divided with regard to various continents (Asia, Americas – North and South, Europe, Africa, and other – Australia and Antarctica). The largest number of dentists came from the Asian continent (264; 30.7%). Most dentists had a degree of MDS (Master of Dental Science) (301; 35.0%), followed by BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery) (282; 32.8%) and DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) (226; 26.3%). High/Good knowledge and practice scores were observed among 92.7% and 79.5 % of the dentists, respectively. Good knowledge scores were significantly associated with qualifications (p = 0.04) and years of practice (p = 0.02); good practice scores were associated with qualifications only (p = 0.03).
Conclusion. The dentists were found to have good knowledge and practice scores, which is important to combat COVID-19. They are advised to follow the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines in their clinics, and sensitize their staff so that no stone is left unturned in defeating this pandemic.

Key words

dentists, COVID-19, pandemic

Słowa kluczowe

dentyści, COVID-19, pandemia

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