Clinical dental students’ knowledge regarding proper dental settings for treating patient during COVID-19: A cross-sectional study

  • Fahd Aljarbou King Saud University
  • Sundus Bukhary King Saud University
  • Abdullah Althemery Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University
  • Abdullah Alqedairi King Saud University
Keywords: COVID-19, Dental students, Knowledge, Multicenter, Pandemic, Saudi Center for Disease Control (Saudi CDC)

Abstract

Objectives: To investigate the clinical dental students’ knowledge on the proper dental setting during COVID-19.

Methods: Using multicenter cross-sectional study, a 10-items questionnaire was distributed in April 2020 among senior dental students from two dental schools. It comprised three main domains: demographic questions, questions investigating student’s access to the proper recommendations of dental settings during COVID-19 and the specific recommendations questions.

Results: The questionnaire was sent to 654 clinical dental students and the total number of respondents were 267 representing a response rate of 40.83%. The overall knowledge mean was low (1±0.92). Gender was not a statistically significant factor affecting the knowledge score (P > 0.05). Most of the participants never visited the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Saudi CDC) website and received no guidance or advice regarding proper dental practices during COVID-19. A statistically significant relationship was observed between the mean knowledge score and access to knowledge variables (P < 0.05).

Conclusion: It was noted that clinical dental students have low knowledge on the proper dental settings during COVID-19 pandemic that was recommended by the Saudi CDC guidelines and they must be equipped with adequate knowledge from reliable sources to overcome their insufficiencies such as a well-structured and dynamic curriculum.

doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3768

How to cite this:
Aljarbou FA, Bukhary SM, Althemery AU, Alqedairi AS. Clinical dental students’ knowledge regarding proper dental settings for treating patient during COVID-19: A cross-sectional study. Pak J Med Sci. 2021;37(2):---------.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3768

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Author Biographies

Fahd Aljarbou, King Saud University

Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Endodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh 11545, Saudi Arabia

Sundus Bukhary, King Saud University

Lecturer, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Endodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh 11545, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Althemery, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Assistant   Professor, Department   of   Clinical   Pharmacy, College   of Pharmacy, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia

Abdullah Alqedairi, King Saud University

Associate Professor, Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, Division of Endodontics, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Riyadh 11545, Saudi Arabia

Published
2021-01-01
How to Cite
Aljarbou, F., Bukhary, S., Althemery, A., & Alqedairi, A. (2021). Clinical dental students’ knowledge regarding proper dental settings for treating patient during COVID-19: A cross-sectional study. Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, 37(2). https://doi.org/10.12669/pjms.37.2.3768
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