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CATEGORY: ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 13

Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding COVID-19 disease amongst Ancillary staff working in Dental healthcare facility


Indian Army, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Date of Web Publication8-Jan-2021

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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4052.306335

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Bhoil R. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding COVID-19 disease amongst Ancillary staff working in Dental healthcare facility. J Indian Prosthodont Soc 2020;20, Suppl S1:13

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Bhoil R. Knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding COVID-19 disease amongst Ancillary staff working in Dental healthcare facility. J Indian Prosthodont Soc [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 25];20, Suppl S1:13. Available from: https://www.j-ips.org/text.asp?2020/20/5/13/306335



Introduction: COVID-19 has impacted health care delivery in innumerable ways. Access to dental health care may be viewed with a fear for safety from the risk of cross transmission of this disease. The ancillary supporting staff can play a crucial role in this regard by helping to spread awareness on this amongst the general populace. Knowledge about the COVID-19 disease and the behavioral response towards it and practices, are an important determinant towards successful disease control / transmission. Understanding the level of understanding amongst staff affiliated with a dental health care facility, not only helps us elucidate the health education measures required to intervene in case of identification of educational or knowledge gaps; but also help understand the general public perception about visiting or availing services at dedicated dental health care facilities.

Methodology: A self administered; bi-lingual questionnaire was made in Hindi and English, consisting of 25 multiple choice type questions; was designed for the study, to help achieve the objectives of the study.

Result: A fair degree of knowledge was assessed amongst the participants regarding the mode of spread of the disease and preventive measures; however knowledge gaps were identified in the understanding or identification of the various symptoms of this disease. Also influence of social media was a significant factor influencing not only the attitudes of the study population but also was identified to have a negative impact over the mental health of the participants.

Conclusion: Dental health care is associated with a high degree of risk of the transmission and cross-infection with the COVID-19 disease. Understanding the knowledge, attitudes and practices followed by ancillary health care staff, regarding this disease, not only helps to address crucial educational gaps but also understand the perception and fears of the supporting staff working in these facilities.






 

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