A qualitative analysis of dental professionals' beliefs and concerns about providing aerosol generating procedures early in the COVID-19 pandemic

Matthew Cousins, Kajal Patel, Mariana Araujo, Laura Beaton, Claire Scott, Douglas Stirling, Linda Young, Jennifer Knights (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Introduction: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) initiated a rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice. To support this review, a survey was distributed to better understand the provision of aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) in dentistry.

Methods: An online questionnaire was distributed to dental professionals asking about their current practice and beliefs about AGPs. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: Analysis revealed confusion and uncertainty regarding mitigation of AGPs. There was also frustration and scepticism over the risk of SARS-COV-2 transmission within dental settings, the evidence underpinning the restrictions and the leadership and guidance being provided, as well as concern over financial implications and patient and staff safety.

Discussion: The frustration and concerns expressed by respondents mirrored findings from other recent studies and suggest there is a need for reflection within the profession so that lessons can be learned to better support staff and patients.

Conclusion: Understanding the profession's views about AGP provision contributed to the SDCEP rapid review and provides insights to help inform policymakers and leaders in anticipation not only of future pandemics but in considering the success of any large scale and/or rapid organisational change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages6
JournalBDJ Open
Volume8
Early online date14 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Guidelines and law in dentistry
  • Infection control in dentistry
  • COVID-19

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