Background: The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the daily work of the dental professionals, assuming unprecedented economic, managerial, and psychological implications. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze the extent of the impact linked to the imposed working conditions on the Italian dental team. Methods: The survey was administered with a web-based form (Google Forms®) to Italian dentists and hygienists. To be enrolled in the study, participants had to reach the adulthood and agree to sign the privacy policy. The impact of Covid-19 was analyzed through a 27-items questionnaire, which was divided into 4 main domains: personal protective equipment (PPE), operative procedures, secretarial organization, and self-reported quality of life (including elearning appraisal). Results: A total of 614 between dentists and dental hygienists completed the questionnaire. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, the use of PPE such as face shields, surgical caps and disposable gowns were implemented after the Covid-19 outbreak. Almost the whole interviewed (99.9%) received the Covid-19 vaccine. An increased use of preoperatory mouthwashes and rubber dam was referred during the pandemic, while aerosolization (i.e. ultrasound) was drastically reduced. A certain number of respondents (30% dentists, 27% hygienists) suffered from work-related stresses during the pandemic until they desired to change jobs. E-learning was considered beneficial for the 70% of participants. Conclusions: Covid-19 pandemic influenced dental professionals' life, leading to a rearrangement of professional, managerial, and cultural life for both dentists and hygienists even after 1 yr from the outbreak.

1 year impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Italian dental professionals: a cross-sectional survey

Mazzitelli, Claudia;Breschi, Lorenzo;Mazzoni, Annalisa;
2021

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Background: The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the daily work of the dental professionals, assuming unprecedented economic, managerial, and psychological implications. The aim of this cross-sectional survey was to analyze the extent of the impact linked to the imposed working conditions on the Italian dental team. Methods: The survey was administered with a web-based form (Google Forms®) to Italian dentists and hygienists. To be enrolled in the study, participants had to reach the adulthood and agree to sign the privacy policy. The impact of Covid-19 was analyzed through a 27-items questionnaire, which was divided into 4 main domains: personal protective equipment (PPE), operative procedures, secretarial organization, and self-reported quality of life (including elearning appraisal). Results: A total of 614 between dentists and dental hygienists completed the questionnaire. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, the use of PPE such as face shields, surgical caps and disposable gowns were implemented after the Covid-19 outbreak. Almost the whole interviewed (99.9%) received the Covid-19 vaccine. An increased use of preoperatory mouthwashes and rubber dam was referred during the pandemic, while aerosolization (i.e. ultrasound) was drastically reduced. A certain number of respondents (30% dentists, 27% hygienists) suffered from work-related stresses during the pandemic until they desired to change jobs. E-learning was considered beneficial for the 70% of participants. Conclusions: Covid-19 pandemic influenced dental professionals' life, leading to a rearrangement of professional, managerial, and cultural life for both dentists and hygienists even after 1 yr from the outbreak.
Paolone, Gaetano; Mazzitelli, Claudia; Formiga, Sara; Kaitsas, Francesco; Breschi, Lorenzo; Mazzoni, Annalisa; Tete, Giulia; Polizzi, Elisabetta; Gherlone, Enrico; Cantatore, Giuseppe
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