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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 139-143

Knowledge and attitude of global pandemic coronavirus among dental health professionals in North India

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Indira Gandhi Dental College and Hospital, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Directorate of Health Services, Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
3 Department of Periodontology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
4 Department of Electronics and Communication, Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
5 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Himachal Dental College and Hospital, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Ashish Bali
Department of Periodontology, Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaphd.jiaphd_197_20

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Background: Coronavirus has posed a greater risk of occupational transmission to dental professionals as it can spread through the aerosols. Aim: This syudy aimed to assess knowledge and awareness of private dental health-care professionals regarding coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) disease in India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 320 private dentists practicing in north India. A self–administered, anonymous, multiple-choice type questionnaire was administered to gather information. The questionnaire contained 12 questions on knowledge and awareness regarding coronavirus keeping in view the time constraints. Statistical analyses were done using analysis of variance and Student t-test. Results: Awareness regarding the mode of transmission of COVID-19 was reported positively by 93.3% of subjects. Only 3.3% of subjects reported about having encountered a corona patient at their clinic. Preventive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were known to 77.7% of subjects. A statistically significant association of mean knowledge scores was noted with education level (P = 0.013) and working profile (P = 0.016) of the subjects. Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that some knowledge gaps existed among dentists regarding some important aspects of COVID-19. Therefore, there is an urgent need for training and continuous education programs regarding infectious diseases.

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