Impact of COVID-19 on dentistry in Colombia

Cross-sectional study that analyzes whether the COVID-19 pandemic has strongly impacted the practice of dentistry in Colombia, generating changes in clinical activities and career prospects

Keywords: COVID-19; dentistry; dental offices; biohazard containment; dental offices; biohazard containment

Description of the Study:

  • Title: Modificación de la práctica odontológica, seguimiento a protocolos y percepción de riesgo de los odontólogos durante la pandemia de Covid-19 en Colombia: estudio de corte transversal.
  • Principal investigators: Diana M. Barbosa-Liz, Andres Alonso Agudelo-Suarez, Maria Fernanda Tuesta-Mondragón, Joaquin T. Ariza-Olaya and Sonia Patricia Plaza-Ruiz.
  • Centers of Implementation: Universidad de Antioquia, Federación Odontológica Colombiana (FOC) and Fundación Universitaria CIEO – UniCIEO.
  • Study Population: Dentists of Colombia.
  • Study Type: Cross-sectional study.
  • Methods: After obtaining ethical approval, an anonymous digital survey was administered to dentists in Colombia between June 19 and July 24, 2020. The questions included four domains: 1) sociodemographics, 2) occupational and impact on career plans, 3) follow-up to protocols and biosafety, and 4) knowledge, risk, and perception of risk of contagion.

Objectives of the Study:

Principal Objective: To evaluate practice modification, use of personal protective equipment, biosafety protocols, impact on career plans, prevalence of infection and risk perception of dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia.

More about this Study:

Scientific Context: Since the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 some reports spoke of the appearance in China of a virus, SARS-CoV-2, which produced a severe acute respiratory syndrome called COVID-19. Although COVID-19 mainly attacks the respiratory system, it has also been seen to manifest in different organs and systems, showing alterations in coagulation, taste, smell, dermatological alterations and even intra-oral lesions. As of March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the infection a pandemic and countries had to take extreme measures to try to control its spread. This situation greatly affected health services and dentistry was not exempt from this.

Source: Revista Facultad De Odontología Universidad De Antioquia.

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