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Dental Workload Reduction during First SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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Department of Restorative, Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, University of Bern, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland
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Department of Periodontology and Operative Dentistry, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, D-55131 Mainz, Germany
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Free Association of German Dentists/Freier Verband Deutscher Zahnärzte (FVDZ), D-53117 Bonn, Germany
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Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Science, University of Milan, I-20142 Milan, Italy
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Department of Surgery, Microsurgery and Medicine Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Sassari, I-07100 Sassari, Italy
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WHO Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Community Dentistry, University of Milan, I-20142 Milan, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giorgio Rappelli
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3164; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063164
Received: 9 February 2021 / Revised: 11 March 2021 / Accepted: 16 March 2021 / Published: 19 March 2021
An observational cross-sectional survey was planned to analyze the weekly workload reduction of German dentists during lockdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were predominantly members of the Free Association of German Dentists and filled in an online questionnaire. The questionnaire was sent to a total of 9416 dentists, with a response rate of 27.98% (n = 2635). Respondents were divided into seven macro areas by gross domestic product. Nearly two-thirds of dentists (65.16%) reported a reduction in their practice workload of more than 50% compared to the pre-pandemic period with statistically significant differences between German macro areas (p < 0.01). Weekly workload was reduced during the lockdown in 93.00% of study participants, while 55.33% dental care centers with multiple employed dentists under the direction of a non-dentist general manager had only a 40% reduction in weekly workload compared to a solo practice or a practice of a dentist with an employed dentist (30.24% and 28.39%, respectively). Dentists in Germany drastically reduced their practice activity during the first wave of the COVID-19 lockdown, both in rural and urban areas. Short, medium, and long-term effects of the pandemic on dental practices, dental staff as well as patient care need to be further investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; dental practice; economic; dentist; Germany; global pandemic; reduction; SARS-CoV-2; workload COVID-19; dental practice; economic; dentist; Germany; global pandemic; reduction; SARS-CoV-2; workload
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Wolf, T.G.; Deschner, J.; Schrader, H.; Bührens, P.; Kaps-Richter, G.; Cagetti, M.G.; Campus, G. Dental Workload Reduction during First SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3164. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063164

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Wolf TG, Deschner J, Schrader H, Bührens P, Kaps-Richter G, Cagetti MG, Campus G. Dental Workload Reduction during First SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: A Cross-Sectional Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):3164. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063164

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Wolf, Thomas G., James Deschner, Harald Schrader, Peter Bührens, Gudrun Kaps-Richter, Maria G. Cagetti, and Guglielmo Campus. 2021. "Dental Workload Reduction during First SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Lockdown in Germany: A Cross-Sectional Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 6: 3164. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18063164

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