Assessment of knowledge and perceptions in relation to COVID-19 pandemic among dental professionals during the first 40 days of national lockdown in India


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Author Details : Nazreen Ansari*, Jose Paul, Johnson Prakash D’Lima, Senny Thomas Parackal, Deepak Thomas, Jenny Susan Roy

Volume : 7, Issue : 1, Year : 2021

Article Page : 33-39

https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijohd.2021.007



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Context: The coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) is an emerging, rapidly spreading disease which was first detected in December 2019 in China. This was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the WHO in January 2020. In connection with this, the Government of India ordered a nationwide lockdown on March 24, 2020 for 21 days initially, which was extended later.
Aim: To assess the knowledge and perceptions in relation to COVID-19 pandemic among dental professionals during the first 40 days of national lockdown in India.
Settings and Design: A web-based cross-sectional study. Convenient sampling design was used.
Materials and Methods: The survey application Google forms was used for the study. A self-constructed 22-item questionnaire in English language was provided to the participants which required approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Statistical Analysis: SPSS version 24 was used. A chi square test was used to investigate the level of association among variables at significance level p<0> Results: Out of the 670 participants, 53% were females, 56.1% were aged 25-34 years, and more than half of them were post graduates. A significant proportion of dentists had a good knowledge of its incubation period (70.4%) and modes of transmission (61.8%) and showed positive perceptions of COVID-19 prevention and control. Most participants predicted a change in post lockdown practice.
Conclusions: As the global threat of COVID-19 continues unabated, there lies a greater responsibility with the dental professionals in India to educate themselves and the general population regarding the risks and preventive measures of COVID-19.


How to cite : Ansari N , Paul J , D’lima J P, Parackal S T , Thomas D , Roy J S, Assessment of knowledge and perceptions in relation to COVID-19 pandemic among dental professionals during the first 40 days of national lockdown in India. Int J Oral Health Dent 2021;7(1):33-39


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Received : 23-02-2021

Accepted : 25-02-2021

Available online : 21-04-2021


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