COVID 19 Awareness and its Impact on Periodontal Practice among Dental Care Professionals in Southern States of IndiaA Cross Sectional Survey

Authors

  • Lakshmi Ramachandran1 , Janani Karthikeyan1 , Santo Grace Umesh1 , Anupama Tadepalli2 , Harinath Parthasarathy3 , Dhayanand John Victor3

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i1.13832

Keywords:

COVID 19 pandemic; dental care professionals; infection control; periodontists; survey

Abstract

Background: COVID 19 pandemic has nevertheless gripped our nation with its unshackled spread, varied
disease characterization posing a real threat to health care workers and a high risk to dental professionals
necessitating the publishing of guidelines to help dentists continue to provide optimum health services with
safety. This cross-sectional survey aims to assess the awareness of the disease, knowledge of infection control
and impact of COVID-19 pandemic on periodontal practice. Methods: The survey was conducted among
250 participants. The study instrument was a structured questionnaire that was grouped into four sections,
namely demographic characteristics; awareness of the COVID pandemic, employment of infection control
measures in combating COVID-19 pandemic; and the impact of COVID on periodontal practice. Statistical
analysis was carried out using SPSS software and the data was presented as percentages. Conclusion: A total
of 206 responses were considered as complete submissions which included 71.1%from the red zone, 12.5 %
from the orange zone and 16.4% from the green zone. In conclusion, our study revealed that periodontists
from Southern states of India were well acquainted regarding the pandemic. It is recommended that dentists
should update themselves with the changing norms and adhere to follow national and international guidelines.

Author Biography

Lakshmi Ramachandran1 , Janani Karthikeyan1 , Santo Grace Umesh1 , Anupama Tadepalli2 , Harinath Parthasarathy3 , Dhayanand John Victor3

1
Assistant Professor,2Associate Professor, 3Professor, SRM Dental College, Bharathi Salai, Ramapuram, Chennai

Published

2021-01-07

How to Cite

Lakshmi Ramachandran1 , Janani Karthikeyan1 , Santo Grace Umesh1 , Anupama Tadepalli2 , Harinath Parthasarathy3 , Dhayanand John Victor3. (2021). COVID 19 Awareness and its Impact on Periodontal Practice among Dental Care Professionals in Southern States of IndiaA Cross Sectional Survey. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, 12(1), 69-79. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijphrd.v12i1.13832