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Caspian J Dent Res 2022, 11(1): 46-55 Back to browse issues page
Knowledge and therapeutic approach of Iranian dentists toward COVID-19 pandemic
Nika Mehrnia , Reyhaneh Eghbali Zarch , Maryam SadeghiPour *
,Department of Community Oral Health, School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. , sadeghipour1393@gmail.com
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Introduction: Dental services are a hotspot for viral transmission. Dentists must have complete knowledge about the disease and quick access to information to combat this transmission. To prevent COVID-19 viral spreading through dental practices, dentists must be well-versed in disease and infection control measures. As a result, this study aimed to assess the knowledge of Iranian dentists on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Materials & Methods: The present study was a questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey. A modified questionnaire of a perused one was prepared, the validity of which was confirmed, and the reliability was accepted by Cronbach’s alpha test (0.86). This questionnaire was completed by133Iranian dentists and included six components: consent to participate in research, demographic information, knowledge, infection control, vaccination, and therapeutic approach. Data were analyzed using Mann-Whitney, Kruskal-Wallis, and Spearman rank correlation coefficients, and  P<0.05 was considered the level of significance.
Results: Iranian dentists are shown to have proper knowledge, but only 21.7% of participants received infection control courses; moreover, only 47% of them knew the accurate incubation period of the Virus. Dentists working in Academic clinics took more preventive measures than those working in private clinics (P value=0.023).
Conclusion: It is recommended that health care authorities ensure that dentists receive organized information and guidelines.

Keywords: COVID-19, Dentists, Infection Control, Knowledge, Surveys and Questionnaires
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Type of Study: Research Paper | Subject: Community Oral Health
* Corresponding Author Address: School of Dentistry, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



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