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Impact of COVID‑19 on Malaysian dental students’ physical, mental, financial and academic concerns

Lestari, Widya and Yazid, Nur Hazirah and Azhar, Zawin Najah and Ismail, Azlini and Sukotjo, Cortino (2022) Impact of COVID‑19 on Malaysian dental students’ physical, mental, financial and academic concerns. BMC Oral Health, 22. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1472-6831

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Background: The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has gained worldwide attention and proved to hold an impact to humankind in all aspects of life. Dental students’ performances may indirectly be afected following the preventive measures in containing the disease. This study aims to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on physical, mental, fnancial health and academic concern among dental students in Malaysia. Methods: The current research implemented a cross sectional study among dental students in Malaysia. Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on dental education was done by the distribution of a set of online survey consisting of 28 questions to dental students (n=353) from public and private universities in Malaysia. The questionnaires include sociodemographic backgrounds and assessment on the mental health, fnancial health, physical health and academic concern. Kruskal Wallis test and Mann–Whitney U test were used to analyse the impact of COVID-19 to these 4 domains according to sociodemographic background. Results: A total number of 353 respondents was recorded and 76.2% comprised of female. 59.7% were clinical students and 40.3% were preclinical students. Most of students were concerned about their own emotional health, fnancial concern, physical wellbeing, in which Year 3 students were found to be more concerned about their mental and fnancial health concern. Conclusions: COVID-19 pandemic had indeed signifcantly afected Malaysian dental students mainly due to fear of the quality of online learning and the amount of clinical skills acquired. Therefore, it is important to identify dental stressors and lessen the impact of COVID-19 to dental students.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: a collaborative paper with University of Illinois Chicago USA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dental education, COVID-19, Mental health, Pandemic, Dentistry, Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Depositing User: Dr Widya Lestari
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 15:48
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2022 11:17
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/96918

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