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Knowledge and perceptions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among pediatric dentists during lockdown period

Mallineni, Sreekanth Kumar and Nuvvula, Sivakumar and Bhumireddy, Jaya Chandra and Ismail, Ahmad Faisal and Verma, Priya and Sajja, Rishitha and Alassaf, Abdullah and Almulhim, Basim and Alghamdi, Sara and Saha, Anupam and Goyal, Virinder and Namineni, Srinivas (2022) Knowledge and perceptions regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among pediatric dentists during lockdown period. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (1). pp. 1-13. E-ISSN 1660-4601

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Aim: To assess the knowledge and perceptions of COVID-19 among pediatric dentists based on their dependent source of information. Methods: A descriptive-analytical cross-sectional survey using a self-administered questionnaire with 23 questions was sent via Google forms to pediatric dentists. All participants were divided into three groups [postgraduate residents (PGs), private practitioners (PP), and faculty (F)]. The comparison of knowledge and perception scores was made based on occupation, source of information, and descriptive statistics used for the analysis using SPSS 21.0 (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA). Results: A total of 291 pediatric dentists completed the survey, and the majority of them were females (65%). Overall, good mean scores were obtained for knowledge (9.2 ± 1.07) and perceptions (5.6 ± 1.5). The majority of the participants used health authorities (45%) to obtain updates on COVID-19, while social media (35.1%) and both (19.6%) accounted for the next two. A statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) was found among different pediatric dentists groups for relying on the source of information. Conclusion: Overall good pediatric dentists showed sufficient knowledge regarding COVID-19. The pediatric dentists’ age, occupation, and source of information influenced knowledge regarding COVID-19, whereas perceptions were influenced by age and gender of the participants. Health authorities successfully educated pediatric dentists than the social media

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; dentistry; knowledge; N95; Pediatric Dentistry; perceptions
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health
Depositing User: Dr Ahmad Faisal Ismail
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2021 10:19
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 11:35
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/95804

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