Attitudes of Medical Practitioners towards Collaboration with Dental Professionals during a Pandemic: A Past Experience and a Future alert

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Shamama Sheereen
Mohnish Zulfikar Manva
Namrata N Patil
Shazima Sheereen
HM Khuthija Khanam
Alaa Mohamed Mostafa Kamal
Abbasi Begum Meer Rownaq Ali

Keywords

Dentist, Medical practitioner, Pandemic, Preventive measures, COVID-19

Abstract

Aim: To determine the attitude of medical practitioners towards collaborating with dental professionals during a pandemic.
Materials and Methods: The present study is a cross sectional survey conducted among the medical practitioners of India. 2100 medical practitioners were randomly selected as study subjects. The data pertaining to their attitude toward collaboration with dental professionals were gathered using a self-administered questionnaire. Data was analyzed using descriptive studies.
Results: Among the study subjects, 93% of the medical doctors said in the future if the pandemic occurs then they would feel contended if they were to be given the provision to be aided by a well-trained dental support team, 80% of them said they experienced high stress during the pandemic. When asked to specify the reason in case they have not approached the dentist during the pandemic, 89% said they did not ponder over the thought of taking help from the dentist.
Conclusion: If a pandemic occurs in the future, the contribution of the dentist can be beyond dentistry provided we adopt and execute proper measures and plan them beforehand.

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