Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 10 - 2021
Fear and Practice Modifications among Health Practitioners due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Maryam Alghamdi1*, Ghada Al-Suhaibany2, Nidaa Almehmadi3, Waad Ali4, Rabya Baeisa5, Sarah Alosaimi6, Sarah Alsamaan7, Salma Baeisa8 and Enaam Junainah9
1Department of Dentistry, MOH, Albaha, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Medicine, Ibn Sina College, Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
4Department of Dentistry, King Abdualaziz University, Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
5Department of Medical Rehabilitation Sciences-Physiotherapy, King Abdualaziz University, Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
6Department of Medicine, Taif University, Taif, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
7Department of Medicine, Hail University, Hail, Saudi Arabia
8Department of Medicine, King Abdualaziz University, Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
9Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Taif University, Taif, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: Maryam Alghamdi, Department of Dentistry, MOH, Albaha, Saudi Arabia.
Received: September 07, 2021; Published: September 30, 2021


Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many, but healthcare professionals, including dentists, have been affected most by it because they are exposed to a higher risk of infection due to close contact with infected patients. The aim of this study is to assess and measure fear and practice modifications among health practitioners due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted via an online survey of 318 healthcare participants from all around Saudi Arabia. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 20.

Results: Of those surveyed, 65.1% were afraid of becoming infected with COVID-19 from a patient or co-worker, and 80.6% feared infecting their family. Only 19.2% were anxious about the cost of treatment if they became infected, and 17.3% wanted to close their medical or dental practice until the number of COVID-19 cases started to decline. The majority (92.1%) of participants knew the mode of transmission of COVID-19. While 61% thought an N-90 mask should be routinely worn during the pandemic, only 53.1% had ever worn an N-90 mask during the pandemic. The majority (72.09%) of dentists did not ask patients to rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash before treatment.

Conclusion: There has been considerable fear among healthcare workers during the pandemic, and despite their high level of knowledge about the pandemic, practices and precautions need to be improved. More educational and training programs are needed to improve the practices of health practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Health Practitioners; Coronavirus; COVID-19


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