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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 360-365

Impact of COVID-19 on Indian dentists: A cross sectional survey

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PGIDS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, PGIDS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Harneet Singh
Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, PGIDS, Rohtak - 124001, Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jiaomr.jiaomr_111_20

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Background: COVID-19 and associated lockdown have had some detrimental effects on the health care professionals. With the maximum fear of getting infected and further transmitting the infection, dentists are suffering from the psychological meltdown along with the physical changes due to altered lifestyle. Aim and Objectives: To evaluate the psychological and physical effects of COVID-19 and consequential lockdown on dentists and to understand the possible reasons for the problems they were facing amidst lockdown due to the changes in their lifestyle. Settings and Design: A questionnaire-based survey to evaluate disaster mental health and analysis of musculoskeletal symptoms was designed and sent to the various groups of dentists. A total of 453 respondents completed the survey. Materials and Method: Cluster sampling method was used and the dentists were segregated into four groups. The responses were evaluated for Post-traumatic stress disorder, Depression, Anxiety and Pain or discomfort. Statistical Analysis: Chi Square test was applied to statistically assess the association of responses. Results: Out of 453 respondents 65.1% were females and 34.9% were males. Based on profession, 23% were academicians, 18.8% private practitioners, 16.8% post-graduate students and 41.5% undergraduates. Females were significantly affected and showed a tendency towards Post traumatic stress disease (PTSD) and potential depression along with pain and discomfort. All the three groups except undergraduate students showed potential symptoms. Conclusion: COVID-19 and the lockdown exhibited significant psychological and physical effects on the dentists. Counselling centers or helplines/portals need to be set up to avoid any grave consequences and untoward losses.

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