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Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey

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Department of Restorative, Preventive and Paediatric Dentistry, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse 7, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Department of Surgery, Microsurgery and Medicine Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Sassari, Viale San Pietro, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Science, University of Milan, Via Beldiletto 1, 20142 Milan, Italy
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Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, UCLouvain, 1200 Brussels, Belgium
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Private Practice, 31001 Pamplona, Spain
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Department of Periodontology and Operative Dentistry, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55116 Mainz, Germany
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Department of Dental Public Health, School of Dentistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Cariology and Gerodontology Units, Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Talca, 3460000 Talca, Chile
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Clinic of Dental and Oral Pathology, Faculty of Odontology, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 44131 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Paediatric Dentistry, Centrum voor Tandheelkunde en Mondzorgkunde, UMCG, University of Groningen, 9700-9747 Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo, 05508-060 Sao Paulo, Brazil
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UCLA Center for Children’s Oral Health (UCCOH) UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668, USA
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Department of Preventive, Community Dentistry and Oral Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Victor Babes” Timisoara, 300363 Timisoara, Romania
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Institute of Dentistry, Sechenov University, 3200900 Moscow, Russia
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Department of Neurosciences, Reproductive and Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Naples “Federico II”, Via Pansini 5, 80131 Naples, Italy
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Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Previous address: Preventive and Community Dentistry Unit, University of Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain.
Membership of the COVIDental Collaboration Group is provided in the Acknowledgments.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(15), 5598; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155598
Received: 22 June 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 30 July 2020 / Published: 3 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: A Public Health Approach for Health Professionals)
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have developed preparedness and prevention checklists for healthcare professionals regarding the containment of COVID-19. The aim of the present protocol is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak among dentists in different countries where various prevalence of the epidemic has been reported. Several research groups around the world were contacted by the central management team. The online anonymous survey will be conducted on a convenience sample of dentists working both in national health systems and in private or public clinics. In each country/area, a high (~5–20%) proportion of dentists working there will be invited to participate. The questionnaire, developed and standardized previously in Italy, has four domains: (1) personal data; (2) symptoms/signs relative to COVID-19; (3) working conditions and PPE (personal protective equipment) adopted after the infection’s outbreak; (4) knowledge and self-perceived risk of infection. The methodology of this international survey will include translation, pilot testing, and semantic adjustment of the questionnaire. The data will be entered on an Excel spreadsheet and quality checked. Completely anonymous data analyses will be performed by the central management team. This survey will give an insight into the dental profession during COVID-19 pandemic globally. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; infection; dentist; protective measures; awareness; infection control COVID-19; infection; dentist; protective measures; awareness; infection control
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Campus, G.; Diaz-Betancourt, M.; Cagetti, M.G.; Carvalho, J.C.; Carvalho, T.S.; Cortés-Martinicorena, J.F.; Deschner, J.; Douglas, G.V.A.; Giacaman, R.A.; Machiulskiene, V.; Manton, D.J.; Raggio, D.P.; Ramos-Gomez, F.; Sava-Rosianu, R.; Morozova, N.S.; Spagnuolo, G.; Vukovic, A.; Wolf, T.G.; on behalf of the COVIDental Collaboration Group. Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 5598. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155598

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Campus G, Diaz-Betancourt M, Cagetti MG, Carvalho JC, Carvalho TS, Cortés-Martinicorena JF, Deschner J, Douglas GVA, Giacaman RA, Machiulskiene V, Manton DJ, Raggio DP, Ramos-Gomez F, Sava-Rosianu R, Morozova NS, Spagnuolo G, Vukovic A, Wolf TG, on behalf of the COVIDental Collaboration Group. Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(15):5598. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155598

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Campus, Guglielmo, Marcela Diaz-Betancourt, Maria G. Cagetti, Joana C. Carvalho, Thiago S. Carvalho, Javier F. Cortés-Martinicorena, James Deschner, Gail V.A. Douglas, Rodrigo A. Giacaman, Vita Machiulskiene, David J. Manton, Daniela P. Raggio, Francisco Ramos-Gomez, Ruxandra Sava-Rosianu, Natalia S. Morozova, Gianrico Spagnuolo, Ana Vukovic, Thomas G. Wolf, and on behalf of the COVIDental Collaboration Group. 2020. "Study Protocol for an Online Questionnaire Survey on Symptoms/Signs, Protective Measures, Level of Awareness and Perception Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak among Dentists. A Global Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 15: 5598. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17155598

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