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Knowledge of COVID-19 Infection Guidelines among the Dental Health Care Professionals of Jazan Region, Saudi Arabia

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Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan 45142, Saudi Arabia
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Conservative Dentistry Unit, School of Dental Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kubang Kerian, Kota Bharu 16150, Malaysia
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Center for Transdisciplinary Research (CFTR), Saveetha Dental College & Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences University, Chennai 600077, India
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Department of Restorative Dentistry & Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Puthisastra, Phnom Penh 12211, Cambodia
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Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan 45142, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Periodontics, Armed Forces Hospital, Jazan 82722, Saudi Arabia
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Interns Affairs Unit, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan 45142, Saudi Arabia
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School of Medicine and Dentistry, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Southport, QLD 4222, Australia
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Academic Editors: Stefano Pagano and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(4), 2034; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042034
Received: 20 December 2021 / Revised: 2 February 2022 / Accepted: 8 February 2022 / Published: 11 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 in Dentistry and Dental Education)
Background: This study aimed to assess the knowledge about guidelines related to COVID-19 infection control procedures among dental health care professionals (DHCPs) in the Jazan region. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving DHCPs (dental students, interns, and dentists) of the Jazan region between January and March 2021. A questionnaire with 35 items was developed and circulated online among the DHCPs. The dimensionality of the questionnaire was assessed using exploratory factor analysis (EFA). The level of awareness (LOA) was compared across the genders, level of professional experience, and exposure to guidelines. Participants were considered to have high LOA when they responded to 26 or more items correctly. Results: A total of 363 DHCPs participated in the survey. The questionnaire was found to be valid and reliable. EFA revealed a distinct three-factor structure. Moreover, 61.2% of the respondents had high LOA related to COVID-19 infection prevention. Among those who had high LOA, dentists (65.5%) were relatively more than the students (62.5%) and interns (46.2%). Among the six guideline statements related explicitly to operative dentistry, more than 50% of the respondents were aware of 3 guideline statements, while less than 50% of the respondents were aware of the remaining statements. Conclusions: Most DHCP had a high LOA for general COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidelines. Dentists, males, and those who read the guidelines had higher LOA than their counterparts. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitude; COVID-19; guidelines; dentistry; operative; infection control; Jazan attitude; COVID-19; guidelines; dentistry; operative; infection control; Jazan
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Basheer, S.N.; Vinothkumar, T.S.; Albar, N.H.M.; Karobari, M.I.; Renugalakshmi, A.; Bokhari, A.; Peeran, S.W.; Peeran, S.A.; Alhadri, L.M.; Tadakamadla, S.K. Knowledge of COVID-19 Infection Guidelines among the Dental Health Care Professionals of Jazan Region, Saudi Arabia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 2034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042034

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Basheer SN, Vinothkumar TS, Albar NHM, Karobari MI, Renugalakshmi A, Bokhari A, Peeran SW, Peeran SA, Alhadri LM, Tadakamadla SK. Knowledge of COVID-19 Infection Guidelines among the Dental Health Care Professionals of Jazan Region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(4):2034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042034

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Basheer, Syed Nahid, Thilla Sekar Vinothkumar, Nassreen Hassan Mohammad Albar, Mohmed Isaqali Karobari, Apathsakayan Renugalakshmi, Ahmed Bokhari, Syed Wali Peeran, Syed Ali Peeran, Loai Mohammed Alhadri, and Santosh Kumar Tadakamadla. 2022. "Knowledge of COVID-19 Infection Guidelines among the Dental Health Care Professionals of Jazan Region, Saudi Arabia" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 4: 2034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19042034

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