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Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Practitioners Related to Disinfection during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Institute of Medical Education, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Karachi 75510, Pakistan
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Operative Dentistry Department, Liaquat College of Medicine and Dentistry, Karachi 75290, Pakistan
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Dr. Ishrat-Ul-Ebad Khan Institute of Oral Health Sciences, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi 74200, Pakistan
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Department of Prosthodontics and Dental Implantology, College of Dentistry, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa 31982, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Dental Hospital, College of Dentistry, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa 319825, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Prosthodontics, Altamash Institute of Dental Medicine, Karachi 75500, Pakistan
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Department of Oral Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Department of Restorative Dentistry, College of Dentistry, Taibah University, Al-Madina Al-Munawwarah 41311, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Dental Materials, Islamic International Dental College, Riphah International University, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan
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Healthcare 2020, 8(3), 232; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030232
Received: 28 June 2020 / Revised: 22 July 2020 / Accepted: 22 July 2020 / Published: 25 July 2020
The world is currently facing a pandemic crisis due to a novel coronavirus. For this purpose, acquiring updated knowledge regarding prevention and disinfection during the current pandemic is necessary for every dental practitioner. In our study, we aimed to evaluate globally the level of knowledge and the attitude of dental practitioners related to disinfection. A total of 385 participants out of 401 participants from 23 different countries across the world were included in the final analysis after the exclusion of incomplete responses. The majority of the dentists who responded were females (53.8%) and were practicing at private health institutes (36.4%). The mean knowledge score of the participants was estimated to be 4.19 ± 1.88 out of 12, reflecting insufficient knowledge, and the mean attitude score of the participants was estimated to be 12.24 ± 3.23 out of 15, which shows a positive attitude toward disinfection practices during coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Thus, the current study indicated a lack of knowledge in fundamental aspects of disinfection protocols with a significant and positive attitude from dental health professionals toward disinfection regarding the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: disinfection; SAR-CoV-2; surfaces; hygiene; COVID-19; dentistry; mouthwash disinfection; SAR-CoV-2; surfaces; hygiene; COVID-19; dentistry; mouthwash
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Sarfaraz, S.; Shabbir, J.; Mudasser, M.A.; Khurshid, Z.; Al-Quraini, A.A.A.; Abbasi, M.S.; Ratnayake, J.; Zafar, M.S. Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Practitioners Related to Disinfection during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare 2020, 8, 232. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030232

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Sarfaraz S, Shabbir J, Mudasser MA, Khurshid Z, Al-Quraini AAA, Abbasi MS, Ratnayake J, Zafar MS. Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Practitioners Related to Disinfection during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare. 2020; 8(3):232. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030232

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Sarfaraz, Shaur, Juzer Shabbir, Muhammad A. Mudasser, Zohaib Khurshid, Ahmed A.A. Al-Quraini, Maria S. Abbasi, Jithendra Ratnayake, and Muhammad S. Zafar. 2020. "Knowledge and Attitude of Dental Practitioners Related to Disinfection during the COVID-19 Pandemic" Healthcare 8, no. 3: 232. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030232

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