Evaluation of awareness, practice management and attitude toward treating patients during covid19 pandemic among oral & maxillofacial surgeons in India - A cross study
Keywords:Appropriate protocol, COVID-19, infection control, oral & maxillofacial surgeons in India, practice management, statistics.
INTRODUCTION-Rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus has created a global threat. On January 30,2020, WHO announced that the virus had constituted a public health emergency of international concern. A large number of medical personnel were reported to have been infected by the disease and maxillofacial surgeons are not an exception for the similar possibility, but rather though, they could be facing a riskier working environment comparatively.
OBJECTIVES-The aim of this study was to evaluate awareness regarding COVID-19, perception of the risks associated with COVID-19 and attitude toward treating patients during COVID-19 among oral & maxillofacial surgeons in India.
METHODS-This cross-sectional, study was carried out from 21st May to 1st June 2020 among oral & maxillofacial surgeons in India who practice in hospital settings. An online questionnaire was developed by using google form and the link was shared among the surgeons. The questionnaire comprised a series of questions regarding surgeons’ demographic characteristics, their knowledge and infection control measures for preventing COVID-19 as well as practice management and their attitude toward treating patients in this COVID pandemic.
RESULT-The survey included total 110 maxillofacial surgeons aged from 29to66 year. The majority of respondents were well informed in infection prevention procedures, but a few were in dilemma on practice management protocols in the present pandemic scenario.
CONCLUSION-Majority of oral & maxillofacial surgeons in India are well informed and aware about the safety protocols to be used during this COVID 19 pandemic. Some points are debatable and open to discussion, but in the long run, will be beneficial for all of us.