Assessment of anxiety and fear of getting infected among dentists while working in current corona virus disease outbreak- A study
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 5263-5268
AbstractBackground: Health care workers and dentists in particular are categorized as at high risk of catching Covid- 19 infection. The present study assessed anxiety and fear among dentists while working in current corona virus pandemic.
Materials & Methods: 150 dentists of both genders were provided with a questionnaire. Each positive response “Yes” was marked as “1” while “No” was marked with “0.” The frequency of the positive/negative responses was used to assess the dentists’ anxiety.
Results: Out of 150 subjects, males were 90 and females were 60. 70 were BDS, 80 were MDS, 50 were working in clinic, 60 in hospital and 40 in both, 95 were working in private sector and 55 in government sector. The anxiety of being infected with COVID-19 was seenin 67%, afraid of providing treatment for any patient was seen in 70%, anxious talking tothe patients in close proximity in 65%, afraid that you could carry the infection from your practice back to your family in 84%, feel anxious when you hear that one of your coworkers or colleagues has been infected with COVID-19 in 80% and 72% knew the illness problems associated with COVID-19 virus. The difference was significant (P< 0.05).
Conclusion: Dentists had anxiety and fear while working in Covid- 19 pandemic.
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