Assessment of Patient Knowledge Regarding the Pandemic COVID-19 at Dow Dental College

Authors

  • Saad Uddin Siddiqui
  • Syed Kashif Abrar Dow University of Health Sciences
  • Ziauddin Kashmiri
  • Muhammad Mustafa
  • Zeeshan Nasir
  • Saqif Nasir

Abstract

Objective: To assess the patient’s knowledge regarding the COVID-19 as pandemic itself and its precautionary measures.

Methodology: A cross-sectional research was carried out among dental patients visiting the Dow Dental College Karachi's OPD. The research lasted three months, from August 2020 to October 2020. Dental patients of either gender who visited the dental OPD and were over the age of 18 and willing to engage in the study were included in the study. A self-administered questionnaire was initially created and pretested. The questionnaire was developed in compliance with the COVID-19 community recommendations of the CDC and WHO. The questionnaire was divided into three sections: socio-demographic variables, COVID-19 knowledge and awareness, and COVID-19 prevention practices. The estimated number of dental patients attending the dental OPD each month is 3200, thus using this as a population size, the sample size computed was 344 by using open epi and retaining the power at 80%, the confidence interval at 95%, and the margin of error at 0.05 percent.

Results: In total, 344 patients took part in the research. In terms of COVID-19 pandemic knowledge, the majority of patients (317/344) felt that the most frequent signs and symptoms linked with COVID-19 are fever, fatigue, and a dry cough. The majority of them thought that wearing a mask and washing their hands properly was required to reduce the effects of COVID-19.

Conclusion: The findings revealed that the majority of the participants had strong understanding of COVID-19 itself as a pandemic, displayed positive attitudes and excellent behaviors for avoiding disease infection transmission.

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Published

2022-04-11

How to Cite

Siddiqui, S. U., Abrar, S. K., Kashmiri, Z., Mustafa, M., Nasir, Z., & Nasir, S. (2022). Assessment of Patient Knowledge Regarding the Pandemic COVID-19 at Dow Dental College. Journal of Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, 21(01), 70–74. Retrieved from http://ojs.lumhs.edu.pk/index.php/jlumhs/article/view/661