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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE OF MANAGING ORTHODONTIC PATIENTS AMONG ORTHODONTISTS AND ORTHODONTIC RESIDENTS IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A QUESTIONNAIRE STUDY

Dr. Kulkarni Narayan B., *Dr. Shah Vinaykumar D., Dr. Goyal Shrishtee M. and Dr. Sahana Subham A.

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Aim: Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Managing Orthodontic Patients among Orthodontists and Orthodontic Residents in Covid-19 Pandemic: A Questionnaire Study. Settings and Design: A questionnaire comprising of 21 questions, evaluated the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice towards Covid-19. Methods and Material: The content validity was undertaken by seven experts specialized in Orthodontics. The final developed questionnaire survey was run using Google form, which was completed by 297 participants. The survey consisted of four aspects: Background Information, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice in COVID-19 Pandemic. Then data were analyzed based on their responses. The quantitative variables were tested using the Chi-square test. Results: There were 175 (58.90%) males and 122 (41.10%) females age group of 24 to 59 years, with an average age of 34.41 (SD, 7.11). The majority of the respondents were orthodontists 222 (74.7%), followed by orthodontic residents/postgraduate students 75 (25.3%). The mean level of knowledge of COVID-19 was 4.23 (out of 5 score). Majority of the participants had positive attitudes toward personal protective equipment (PPE) in the context of COVID-19 and willing to do orthodontic practice in this pandemic situation. Conclusions: Orthodontists and Orthodontic Residents demonstrated good knowledge, positive attitudes, and sensible practice regarding COVID-19 during the outbreak, gradually resuming orthodontic facilities in Gujarat, and confident enough to understand COVID-19-related risk.

Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Covid19 Pandemic, Orthodontist.


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