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COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment-Related Challenges Faced by Pediatric Dentists during patient care: A Qualitative Study

Karuna, Yarmunja Mahabala; Shenoy, Ramya; Rao, Ashwin; Nayak, Anupama Panakaje; Thimmaiah, Charisma; DSouza, Violet.
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS, BBO - odontologia (Brasil) | ID: biblio-1529147


To describe the challenges pediatric dentists face while caring for their patients during the pandemic. Material and


A descriptive qualitative study was conducted with purposefully sampled pediatric dentists. Data were collected through in-depth, semi-structured interviews until the content of the collected data reached theoretical saturation. Data were transcribed verbatim, coded, and analyzed using content analyses.


Seven participants (four females and three males) between 29 and 50 years participated in the study. Three themes emerged from the analyses Anxiety and fear; PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and its impact on care delivery; and 3) Behavior management.


Dental care delivery was challenging for pediatric dentists. They experienced high anxiety levels and modified their services according to the recommended guidelines while making accommodations to lessen patients' COVID-19-related anxiety. The additional mandated PPE use affected the communication between the dentists and their patients, affecting their dentist-patient bonding.
Biblioteca responsável: BR1264.1