COVID 19 PANDEMIC AND THE IMPACT ON DENTISTRY PRACTICE. OPINION OF UNIVERSITY TEACHERS

Raluca Iurcov, Liana Todor, Magdalena Iorga, Beatrice-Gabriela Ioan

Abstract

The aim of the study is to identify the opinion of academics regarding the new practices in dentistry clinicals environment Material and methods: the study was conducted in a single university center; an online questionnaire was distributed among teachers in a dentistry faculty. In total, 23 doctors (74.19% of the teaching staff) were included in the research. The items were constructed especially for this study and gathered socio-demographic and medical data, information about practices in the new pandemic conditions, job-related aspects and self-rated fear of being infected with COVID 19 or transmitting to the family members. Data were processed using SPSS, version 23. Results: most participants are women; the average of dentists is 40.57 ± 8.33 years old with a length of experience in the dentistry field of 15.33 ± 8.52 years. 26% of doctors have had no free days in the last eight months. A total of 82.60% of doctors plan the consultations, 56.50% practice always have telephonic triage, 78.30% always ask patients to complete the triage form and 39.10% of doctors schedule consultation according to the severity of the dental condition. 87% provide additional protective measures when they provide medical care to patients. Conclusion: Dental health care personnel need to understand the implications of potential transmission of the virus in a clinical setup and must respect guidelines to diminish the risk of infection.

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