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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-56

Knowledge, attitude, and perception of orthodontists toward coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: A cross-sectional study

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Surgery, Pune, India
2 Department of Dental Surgery, AFMC, Pune, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, KIDS (KIITS University), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Paras Angrish
(Dental Officer), 303 Field Hospital, Tangste, Leh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jodd.jodd_39_21

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Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic with more than 30,300,000 cases in India and continuously affecting the dental community. Objectives: The aim of present study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and perception (KAP) of orthodontists of India, regarding COVID-2019 pandemic. Methods: An online questionnaire was distributed among Orthodontists, using a combination of convenience and snowball sampling. The questionnaire had 31 questions depicting knowledge, awareness, attitude, and perception regarding COVID-19. The descriptive statistical analysis was done to compute frequency and percentages. Results: Around 101 orthodontists participated in the study, out of 101 responders, 1 did not respond to even one question. Only 72% showed accurate knowledge with respect to the common symptoms of coronavirus. Mix responses regarding knowledge of sanitization of environment in clinic were reported among responses. Eighty-three percentage of orthodontist responded that COVID-19 pandemic has impact on orthodontic practice. Ninety-three percentage believe that they could transmit infection to their family members. Only 52% of the participants feels that they are safe at work. Conclusion: Results of the present study suggest that COVID-19 is a major challenge to all the dental practitioners including orthodontists. This study is highlighting the lesser known facts about orthodontic practitioners, i.e., only half (52%) of them feel safe at work and majority of them feel that they can transmit the infection to their families from orthodontic setup. Moreover, a larger part of orthodontists feels that COVID-19 will permanently change the contemporary orthodontic practice.

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