Przegląd epidemiologiczny 2022, 76(3): 330-335

Dental professionals’ attitude and willingness to respond during disaster events: a cross-sectional study
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Ramandeep Singh Gambhir, Richa Goel, Gurminder Singh, Ravinder Singh, Umang Jagga, Amit Aggarwal

INTRODUCTION. In the present times, natural and man-made threats have questioned our existence on this planet. Health care professionals need to be aware of all the procedures to follow during such an event that threatens to paralyze the entire community and should be able to respond effectively.
OBJECTIVE. The present study was conducted to assess the willingness and attitude of dental professionals to render help during any disaster or catastrophic event.
MATERIAL AND METHODS. The present cross-sectional study among 480 subjects who were residing in Tricity (Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula). Informed consent was taken from all the subjects. Systematic random sampling methodology was employed for selection for study sample. The study utilized a self-designed close-ended questionnaire written in English and verified by experts. The questionnaire was divided into two parts to collect the required information. The data was analyzed using SPSS software version 21; chi-square test and multiple regression analysis were used to arrive at the results.
RESULTS. More than 85% of subjects had awareness regarding natural and manmade disasters. A positive response was given by 79.2% of subjects regarding willingness to help during disaster. Educational qualification of subjects was significantly associated with attitude towards some aspects of disaster response (p<0.05).
Postgraduate subjects and subjects who were academicians were more willing to render help (OR: 2.18 & 3.65 respectively).
CONCLUSIONS. The study emphasizes the need for educational and training programs for dentists’ regarding disaster management. A short course on emergency and disaster management can be included in undergraduate and postgraduate dental curriculum.

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