Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey

Campus, Guglielmo; Betancourt, Marcela; Cagetti, Maria Grazia; Carvalho, Joana C.; Carvalho, Thiago S.; Cortés-Martinicorena, Javier; Deschner, James; Douglas, Gail V. A.; Giacaman, Rodrigo A.; Machiulskiene, Vita; Manton, David J.; Raggio, Daniela P.; Ramos-Gomez, Francisco; Sava-Rosianu, Ruxandra; Morozova, Natalia S.; Spagnuolo, Gianrico; Vukovic, Ana; Wolf, Thomas G. (2020). Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(15), pp. 1-8. MDPI 10.3390/ijerph17155598

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The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have developed preparedness and prevention checklists for healthcare professionals regarding the containment of COVID-19. The aim of the present protocol is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak among dentists in different countries where various prevalence of the epidemic has been reported. Several research groups around the world were contacted by the central management team. The online anonymous survey will be conducted on a convenience sample of dentists working both in national health systems and in private or public clinics. In each country/area, a high (~5–20%) proportion of dentists working there will be invited to participate. The questionnaire, developed and standardized previously in Italy, has four domains: (1) personal data; (2) symptoms/signs relative to COVID-19; (3) working conditions and PPE (personal protective equipment) adopted after the infection’s outbreak; (4) knowledge and self-perceived risk of infection. The methodology of this international survey will include translation, pilot testing, and semantic adjustment of the questionnaire. The data will be entered on an Excel spreadsheet and quality checked. Completely anonymous data analyses will be performed by the central management team. This survey will give an insight into the dental profession during COVID-19 pandemic globally.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Preventive, Restorative and Pediatric Dentistry
04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Campus, Guglielmo Giuseppe; Betancourt, Marcela and Wolf, Thomas Gerhard

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1660-4601

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Guglielmo Giuseppe Campus

Date Deposited:

02 Oct 2020 16:18

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2020 17:14

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/ijerph17155598

PubMed ID:

32756475

Uncontrolled Keywords:

COVID-19; infection; dentist; protective measures; awareness; infection control

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146778

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146778

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