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Knowledge and Perceptions Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among Pediatric Dentists during Lockdown Period

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Department of Preventive Dental Science, College of Dentistry, Majmaah University, Al Majma’ah 11952, Saudi Arabia
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Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CFTR), Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha University, Chennai 600077, Tamil Nadu, India
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Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Narayana Dental College and Hospital, Nellore 524003, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Saraswati Dhanwantri Dental College and Hospital & Post Graduate Research Institute, Parbhani 431401, Maharashtra, India
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Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Dental Public Health, Kulliyyah of Dentistry, International Islamic University Malaysia, Gombak 25200, Selangor, Malaysia
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Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Bhabha Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhopal 462026, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Bristol Myers Squibb, Pennington, NJ 07922, USA
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Pediatric Dentistry, Sairam Dental Hospital, Calcutta 700012, West Bengal, India
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Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Gurunanak Dev Dental College, Patiala 148028, Punjab, India
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Pediatric Dentistry, Rainbow Hospitals, Hyderabad 500034, Telangana, India
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Academic Editors: Mariusz Gujski and Mateusz Jankowski
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(1), 209; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010209
Received: 30 November 2021 / Revised: 20 December 2021 / Accepted: 21 December 2021 / Published: 25 December 2021
Aim: To assess the knowledge and perceptions of COVID-19 among pediatric dentists based on their dependent source of information. Methods: A descriptive-analytical cross-sectional survey using a self-administered questionnaire with 23 questions was sent via Google forms to pediatric dentists. All participants were divided into three groups [postgraduate residents (PGs), private practitioners (PP), and faculty (F)]. The comparison of knowledge and perception scores was made based on occupation, source of information, and descriptive statistics used for the analysis using SPSS 21.0 (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA). Results: A total of 291 pediatric dentists completed the survey, and the majority of them were females (65%). Overall, good mean scores were obtained for knowledge (9.2 ± 1.07) and perceptions (5.6 ± 1.5). The majority of the participants used health authorities (45%) to obtain updates on COVID-19, while social media (35.1%) and both (19.6%) accounted for the next two. A statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) was found among different pediatric dentists groups for relying on the source of information. Conclusion: Overall good pediatric dentists showed sufficient knowledge regarding COVID-19. The pediatric dentists’ age, occupation, and source of information influenced knowledge regarding COVID-19, whereas perceptions were influenced by age and gender of the participants. Health authorities successfully educated pediatric dentists than the social media View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus; COVID-19; dentistry; knowledge; N95; Pediatric Dentistry; perceptions coronavirus; COVID-19; dentistry; knowledge; N95; Pediatric Dentistry; perceptions
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Mallineni, S.K.; Nuvvula, S.; Bhumireddy, J.C.; Ismail, A.F.; Verma, P.; Sajja, R.; Alassaf, A.; Almulhim, B.; Alghamdi, S.; Saha, A.; Goyal, V.; Namineni, S. Knowledge and Perceptions Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among Pediatric Dentists during Lockdown Period. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 209. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010209

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Mallineni SK, Nuvvula S, Bhumireddy JC, Ismail AF, Verma P, Sajja R, Alassaf A, Almulhim B, Alghamdi S, Saha A, Goyal V, Namineni S. Knowledge and Perceptions Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among Pediatric Dentists during Lockdown Period. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(1):209. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010209

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Mallineni, Sreekanth Kumar, Sivakumar Nuvvula, Jaya Chandra Bhumireddy, Ahmad Faisal Ismail, Priya Verma, Rishitha Sajja, Abdullah Alassaf, Basim Almulhim, Sara Alghamdi, Anupam Saha, Virinder Goyal, and Srinivas Namineni. 2022. "Knowledge and Perceptions Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) among Pediatric Dentists during Lockdown Period" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 1: 209. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010209

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